UAE: Qatari violations against Emirati planes systematic, endangers civilians

Qatari Air Force Mirage 2000 jet fighters prepare to take off for a mission to Libya in 2011. (AP)

Qatari violations against Emirati aircrafts have become systematic behavior that puts civilian lives at risk, a statement from UAE’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

“Representatives of the UAE Armed Forces and the Civil Aviation Authority, in a meeting organized by the UAE’s foreign ministry at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi in the presence of ambassadors of the Security Council from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, reviewed the reality of the Qatari escalation of the threatening civil and military aviation. A presentation was made that included coordinates and radar images documenting country violations,” a statement on state news agency WAM read.

The UAE is expected to address the issue with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on serious Qatari violations for intercepting two Emirates planes on their routine journeys to Bahrain on Monday.

Bahrain has released footage showing radars tracks that detected the Qatari jets as they intercepted two UAE civilian flights.

The first incident involved Emirates Flight EK837 while the second involved Etihad flight EY23B traveling from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Bahrain International Airport.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50