UAE's letter to United Nations lambasts Qatar plot to raise tension

Qatar files another complaint over UAE

Qatar's complaint about the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) violation of its airspace is "incorrect", said the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash last Friday.

The broadcaster also aired footage of an aeronautical chart it said showed a Qatari fighter jet flying across the flight path of a just-passed Etihad airliner, both at 24,000 meters (8,000 feet).

Suwaidi said the UAE aircraft had been intercepted in air space managed by Bahrain.

According to the UAE, Qatari military planes flew close enough to the Emirati airliners to be seen by the crew and passengers, which constituted a threat to their safety.

It described the incident as a "flagrant and serious threat to the safety of civil aviation" and in "clear violation of global laws and conventions".

The UAE, however, denied that Sheikh Abdullah was being held against his will and said he was "free to leave".

Emirati officials on Monday described the fly-bys as though the fighter jets "intercepted" their civilian aircraft.

The UAE will lodge a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization after Qatari jets came within little more than 3 km of Emirati passenger flights, its civil aviation chief said on Tuesday.

"However that will take some time as we have to reach an agreement with Bahrain".

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But Bahrain's civil aviation authority identified the aircraft as Emirates flight EK837 and Etihad flight EY23B.

Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad have declined to comment.

Lolwa al-Khater, a spokesperson for Qatar's foreign ministry, said in remarks to QNA that "the State of Qatar is closely monitoring the situation, but due to the total severance of ties with the UAE it is hard to clearly establish the circumstances surrounding the situation".

Qatar is located in the Gulf, between Bahrain and the UAE, and across the Gulf waters from Iran.

On July 27, 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates broke off relations with Qatar in the worst diplomatic crisis to hit Gulf Arab states in decades.

Qatar denies that it funds or supports extremist groups.

In a message released in his twitter account, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said his ancestors, the Bani Yas family, governed Qatar before the rule of Al Thani, the current family governing the country.

The GCAA described the act as a severe violation of worldwide laws and an infringement of civil aviation safety standards.

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