Qatar, UAE clash over alleged airspace violation


DOHA:  Gulf rivals Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) traded accusations yesterday over a complaint by Doha that an Emirati fighter jet had violated its airspace.

Qatar, which has faced a boycott by Arab states including the UAE since last June, said it had lodged a protest at the United Nations about the violation which allegedly took place on December 21.

The Qatari foreign ministry said on its Twitter account that it informed the UN secretary general and the president of the Security Council that the UAE jet “flew over the exclusive economic zone of Qatar” for one minute.

The ministry said that “the UAE plane entered the airspace of the State of Qatar without prior knowledge or approval of the competent Qatari authorities.” —Agencies