Qatar today signed an agreement to buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets from Britain, a second major defence deal signed by Doha during its lengthening diplomatic dispute with its neighbours. (Representative photo: Reuters)
CAIRO – 15 January 2018: A Qatari fighter intercepted an Emirati carrier aircraft during its regular flight to Manama, the capital of Bahrain, according to Emirati media on Monday.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said that it received a complaint on Monday from a national carrier that one of its aircrafts was intercepted by a Qatari fighter during its regular flight to Manama, describing the incident as a flagrant threat to civil aviation safety and a violation to international laws and agreements.
“The flight was a routine scheduled flight, and its route is well known and complies with international norms concerning approvals and permits,” according to the statement released by GCAA.
The authority has stressed that it refuses this threat to the safety of its flights and will take the necessary legal measures to guarantee the safety and security of its civil aviation.
On Friday, Qatar claimed that a second alleged United Arab Emirates military jet had violated Qatar’s airspace on January 3.
Alya Al-Thani, permanent representative of Qatar to the United Nations handed a second complaint to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), saying an Emirati fighter jet (DHC-6) had flown over Qatar.
The jet was travelling from the UAE to Bahrain and flew over Qatar’s special economic zone, without prior authorization, according to Thani.
Qatar had previously filed a complaint to the UNSC in December, 2017, about an alleged violation of its airspace by an Emirati military aircraft, state news agency QNA reported.