This morning, Wam, the UAE state news agency announced a UAE commercial flight was intercepted by Qatari fighter jets.
The interception was described as ‘a flagrant and serious threat to the safety of civil aviation and a clear violation of international laws and conventions’ according to The UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation, GCAA.
In the latest update, the Qatari authorities have denied the event. A detailed statement will follow…
A tweet from the director of Qatar’s Government Communications Office
The State of Qatar announces that claims that Qatari fighter jets intercepting an Emirati civilian aircraft is completely untrue. A detailed statement will follow.
— سيف بن أحمد آل ثاني (@saifaalthani) January 15, 2018
The UAE had dismissed earlier allegations of violating air space agreements this week
الشكوى القطرية بشأن إنتهاك الإمارات لمجالها الجوي غير صحيحة ومرتبكة، نعمل على الرد عليها رسميا بالأدلة والقرائن، ما نراه تصعيدي وغير مبرّر، ماكان يحدث تحت الطاولة أصبح مكشوفا فوقها.
— د. أنور قرقاش (@AnwarGargash) January 12, 2018
“The Qatari complaint about the UAE’s violation of its airspace is incorrect, and we are working on the official response with evidence. What we see is incorrect and unjustified. What was happening under the table is now revealed.”
The UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation confirmed the news today
According to the report on Wam.ae, the GCAA received a message from a UAE national carrier that was travelling on an internationally recognised flight path this morning.
The GCAA stated that the UAE rejects this threat to the safety of air traffic and “will take all the necessary legal measures to ensure the safety and security of civil aviation.”