UAE says Qatari fighter jets intercepted two commercial flights

Tensions between Gulf neighbors Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) now appear to be playing out in the skies....

Posted: Jan 16, 2018 9:27 AM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 9:27 AM

Tensions between Gulf neighbors Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) now appear to be playing out in the skies.

The UAE said Qatari fighter jets intercepted two Emirati commercial aircraft bound for Bahrain on Monday, an allegation Qatar denies.

The claim comes days after Qatar also accused UAE military jets of breaching its airspace, an allegation the UAE in turn denied.

Emirates plane allegedly involved

The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority called Monday's alleged Qatari interception "a flagrant and serious threat to the safety of civil aviation and a clear violation of international laws and conventions."

The civilian aircraft, which were en route to Bahrain International Airport, had all the necessary permits for their journeys, added the Emirati aviation authority in a report on state-run news agency WAM.

One of the aircraft was an Emirates airline plane, according to a statement issued by the Bahraini Foreign Ministry.

According to flight tracking websites Flight Radar 24 and Flight Aware, the flight, Emirates 837, landed in Bahrain Monday morning around an hour after its scheduled arrival time. The sites also show the flight took off an hour late. CNN has reached out to Emirates for comment.

It is unclear which airline the second aircraft belonged to or whether it landed in Bahrain as planned.

Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the "hostile behavior by Qatar against civil aircrafts has become frequent in recent times" and "poses a threat to the lives of civilians."

Qatar accuses UAE

The spokesperson for Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lolwah Alkhater, denied the claims on her official Twitter account, saying they were "completely false."

The alleged incident flare-up comes days after Qatar filed a report to the UN Security Council about UAE military jets allegedly violating Qatari airspace, the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Qatar's UN Ambassador Alya Al Thani described the incidents as a "flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State of Qatar, as well as a flagrant violation of the provisions of international law, conventions, charters and international norms," according to the statement.

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, responded by condemning Qatar's complaints on his official Twitter page, calling the allegations "incorrect" and "confused."

What's behind Middle East diplomatic freeze?

The latest allegation of flight interceptions comes after a member of Qatar's royal family said Sunday he is being held against his will in the UAE, a claim disputed by the UAE government, which said he is free to move as he pleases.

Qatari Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani, the brother of Qatar's former ruler, said in a video on Twitter that he is "in a state of captivity" in Abu Dhabi.

Read more: Qatar sheikh says UAE holding him 'in captivity'

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar last year. They accused Qatar of funding terrorism, a charge it denies.

Gulf neighbors have also criticized Qatar for an increasingly close relationship with Iran.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 614946

Reported Deaths: 9807
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion849231342
Lake45784693
Allen33103560
Hamilton29752316
St. Joseph27572383
Elkhart24496346
Vanderburgh19679255
Tippecanoe18150144
Johnson15234296
Porter14970172
Hendricks14550253
Madison11071223
Clark10852145
Vigo10819185
Monroe9496115
Delaware9193136
LaPorte9173164
Howard8325148
Kosciusko811485
Warrick683399
Hancock6783106
Bartholomew6659100
Floyd6522113
Wayne6194164
Grant6050118
Dubois559081
Boone557968
Morgan551996
Henry512365
Marshall507884
Dearborn488745
Cass487864
Noble476159
Jackson428747
Shelby423381
Lawrence395180
Clinton375845
Gibson375560
Harrison354046
DeKalb351365
Montgomery349754
Knox337839
Miami325244
Steuben315846
Whitley313126
Wabash306951
Adams303636
Ripley301646
Putnam299152
Huntington295760
Jasper293035
White275943
Daviess271776
Jefferson267738
Decatur249983
Fayette249949
Greene242763
Posey241828
Wells237551
LaGrange230363
Scott227939
Clay225032
Randolph215848
Jennings200937
Spencer193622
Sullivan193633
Washington189023
Fountain185227
Starke177044
Jay168723
Owen168338
Fulton165430
Orange161035
Carroll160616
Rush156418
Perry156129
Vermillion150034
Franklin149933
Tipton134433
Parke13098
Pike118826
Blackford112023
Pulaski97937
Newton92621
Brown88835
Benton87110
Crawford8099
Martin75013
Warren6867
Switzerland6695
Union6297
Ohio4967
Unassigned0375

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 872918

Reported Deaths: 10856
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin102616707
Cuyahoga868931154
Hamilton65148455
Montgomery43662420
Summit35411766
Lucas31794634
Butler31451232
Stark26247445
Warren19939144
Lorain19378229
Mahoning17561339
Lake16350161
Clermont16235113
Delaware1463881
Licking13453142
Fairfield1301782
Trumbull12980317
Greene12226144
Medina11798169
Clark11094266
Wood10507158
Allen10031128
Portage9514111
Richland9275134
Miami927273
Marion7512113
Tuscarawas7455186
Columbiana7433124
Pickaway735250
Muskingum714042
Wayne7140172
Erie6253130
Ross5589100
Hancock556292
Scioto545365
Geauga518955
Darke474395
Lawrence464658
Union459130
Ashtabula457973
Sandusky440462
Huron435541
Mercer435590
Seneca435366
Auglaize425166
Belmont423948
Jefferson423969
Shelby422923
Washington396340
Athens38619
Putnam379276
Madison359930
Knox358423
Ashland349638
Fulton341744
Defiance336188
Crawford327274
Preble323637
Brown318821
Logan314835
Ottawa297443
Clinton293944
Highland282219
Williams282267
Jackson266145
Guernsey259326
Champaign254628
Fayette241030
Morrow23594
Perry235518
Holmes227274
Henry222954
Hardin217033
Coshocton208023
Van Wert204445
Gallia200126
Wyandot198151
Pike180918
Adams179815
Hocking174024
Carroll158216
Paulding145521
Noble121040
Meigs110324
Monroe103433
Harrison89821
Morgan84531
Vinton71714
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Mostly Cloudy
26° wxIcon
Hi: 27° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 18°
Angola
Mostly Cloudy
19° wxIcon
Hi: 24° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 11°
Huntington
Mostly Cloudy
23° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 17°
Fort Wayne
Mostly Cloudy
24° wxIcon
Hi: 27° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 14°
Lima
Cloudy
26° wxIcon
Hi: 28° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 16°
More Clouds than Sun Wednesday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events