Qatar: 2nd UAE plane vi­o­lated airspace

The Asian Age - - World -

Doha, Jan. 13: Qatar said on Satur­day that a sec­ond United Arab Emi­rates mil­i­tary jet had vi­o­lated its airspace, prompt­ing a new com­plaint to the United Na­tions.

The plane was trav­el­ling from the UAE to Bahrain on Jan­uary 3 when it flew over Qatar's spe­cial eco­nomic zone "without prior au­tho­ri­sa­tion", the for­eign min­istry said.

On Fri­day Doha said it had lodged a protest at the United Na­tions about a UAE fighter jet vi­o­lat­ing its airspace on De­cem­ber 21.

In its new com­plaint, Qatar said the "rep­e­ti­tion of this ter­ri­ble in­ci­dent" was ev­i­dence of the UAE vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional law.

UAE Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs An­war Gar­gash on Fri­day de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion re­lat­ing to the first in­ci­dent and said Abu Dhabi would send an of­fi­cial re­sponse.

Ten­sions have es­ca­lated in the Gulf since Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut all ties with Qatar in June, ac­cus­ing Doha of sup­port­ing Is­lamist ex­trem­ists and be­ing too close to Riyadh's archri­val, Iran.

They have banned all flights to and from Doha and cut off most trade links. Qatar de­nies the al­le­ga­tions, ar­gu­ing the bloc aims to in­cite regime change in Doha.

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