Qatari fighters intercept UAE civil aircraft By

Pauline Gross
January 17, 2018

The GCAA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.

The alleged interceptions were "a deliberate hostile act against civilian aircraft carriers", Ismaeil Mohammed Al Blooshi, assistant director general of the UAE's civil aviation authority, told CNN. It identified the flight as ETD23B, which corresponds to Etihad flight No. EY371, a direct Abu Dhabi-Bahrain flight that took off Monday morning.

He added that Bahraini radars detected the Qatari jets as they intercepted the UAE civilian flights.

While one of the two aircraft is thought to belong to the Emirati airlines, it is still unclear who operated the other passenger flight.

Yacoub Al Hosani, assistant minister of foreign affairs and worldwide co-operation, said that UAE's permanent mission to the United Nations handed over to the global organisation its official response to Qatar's allegation.

"I am now in Abu Dhabi as a guest of Sheikh Mohammed, but actually not in the position of a guest but rather as a detainee", he said in the video, probably referring to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan.

Emirates flight No. EK837 was scheduled to depart Dubai at 8:20 am Monday, but pushed off almost an hour late.

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That flight left Dubai at 8.20am on Monday and landed 46 minutes later, flying out over global waters near the northern tip of Qatar, before arriving in Bahrain. This has been the standard route of all Emirati commercial airliners since the crisis began.

FlightRadar24, a popular airplane tracking website, did not show any unusual routes between the UAE and Bahrain.

The project was signed on May 10, 2013, to meet the needs of AW 139 helicopter pilots and operators in the Qatari air force.

Qatar's benchmark stocks index reversed gains after Monday's report, dropping 2.5 percent at the close in Doha, the biggest fall since the dispute broke out.

It was further stated that this was an act that threatens the security of civil aviation and overlooks worldwide law and agreements. It's because Qatar is continuing to adhere to their signed ICAO agreements and treaties, and is therefore not prohibiting airspace access for any civilian aircraft - even of those from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain. "I am no longer a guest; I am a prisoner", Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani says in the video, which has gone viral across the Gulf. Trump also thanked Sheikh Tamim for Qatar's "action to counter terrorism and extremism", the White House said.

It wasn't clear from the footage at what distance the fighter jets allegedly passed the Emirates flight, but Bahrain previously described the distance as being 3.2 kilometers.

This happens after the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, strongly denied the first accusation, saying it was "incorrect".

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