The United Arab Emirates has accused Qatari fighter jets of “intercepting” a passenger plane, while it was en route to Bahrain on Monday.
The UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation has condemned the alleged incident, stating “the United Arab Emirates rejects this threat to the safety of the air traffic and will take all the necessary legal measures to ensure the safety and security of civil aviation.”
The UAE is one of four Arab states that has severed ties with Qatar, which was accused in June 2017 of supporting Islamist extremists and for its relationship with Shiite Iran. Doha denies the accusations.
No further details were immediately available.
[Update]: The UAE is expected to lodge a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organisation over Qatari jet 'interception'.