Qatari warplanes 'intercept' 2nd civilian aircraft: UAE

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday said that Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in global airspace on the way to Bahrain.

On Monday afternoon, the UAE's official WAM news agency carried a statement from GACA in which it claimed to have received information that Qatari warplanes had "intercepted a second civilian aircraft as it descended towards the Bahrain International Airport".

The GCAA stressed that the UAE rejects this threat to the safety civil aviation movement, and will take all necessary legal measures to ensure the safety and safety of civil aviation movement.

"The Qatari fighter jets intercepted the first plane at 10:30, while the second was intercepted at 11:05 while flying at 9,000 to 10,000 feet altitude in regular flights approved by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO", said Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA.

Qatar denied the allegation, and said the UAE's statement was "completely false".

Lt. Jenna Lenski, a spokeswoman for the United States Air Force based at the Combined Air Operations Center at the Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, referred questions about the incident to the Qatari Defense Ministry.

A member of the royal family of Qatar has claimed he is being detained in United Arab Emirates.

The incident affected a UAE flag carrier en route to the Bahrani capital, the country's civil aviation authorities were quoted as saying.

The latest meeting between the two men came as the UAE accused Qatar of "intercepting" two Emirati passenger planes en route to Bahrain.

Since June past year, the UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, has imposed a diplomatic and economic boycott on Doha over its support of extremist groups.

A source in Abu Dhabi told Ali al-Naimi, editor of an online news website that heads the education department in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, that Sheikh Abdullah had moved to UAE at his own request because he feared for his safety in Qatar.

Another Emirati aircraft was allegedly intercepted while it was landing in Manama, according to WAM.

FlyDubai, a low-priced carrier owned by Dubai's government, said its aircraft were not involved in the incidents.

Ties between the UAE and Qatar have been strained since the emirates joined a Saudi-led boycott of the country last June. In a video posted online, Abdullah, who is seen in some quarters as a possible challenger to Qatari leader Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, said: "I am now in Abu Dhabi, where I was a guest of (UAE crown prince) Sheikh Mohammed' bin Zayed al-Nahyan".



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