The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Qatar accuses UAE, Bahrain over new airspace violations


DOHA: Qatar has made another complaint to the United Nations alleging new violations of its airspace by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, state media reported on Saturday.

The Qatar News Agency said its airspace was violated by a UAE military transport aircraft carrier on Jan 14 and again on Feb 25. A Bahraini military plane also flew into Qatar’s airspace on Feb 26, it said.

The QNA said the UN secretary general and the Security Council were informed about the incidents, which come at a time of high political tension in the Gulf.

“Qatar called upon the Security Council and the United Nations to take the necessary measures... to maintain internatio­nal peace and security,” it added.

For the past nine months, Qatar has been isolated by its former neighbouri­ng allies in a rancorous diplomatic dispute.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt allege Doha supports terrorism – a charge it categorica­lly denies – and imposed sanctions including closing their airspace to Qatari planes.

It is the second time Qatar has complained to the UN about violation of its airspace. — AFP

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