Qatar Complains to UNSC after UAE Violates Its Airspace for Second Time

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

Qatar said on Saturday that a second United Arab Emirates military jet had violated its airspace, prompting a new complaint to the United Nations.

The "military airlift", which was travelling from the UAE to Bahrain, entered the airspace of Qatar on the morning of January 3 "without prior authorisation", Qatar's foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the repetition of the incident was a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Qatar, as well as a flagrant violation of the provisions of worldwide law.

The complaint was submitted by Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Qatar's ambassador to the UN.

The move follows Sheikha Alia Ahmed's sending of a separate letter to Guterres on Thursday in relation to a prior violation of Qatar's airspace by the UAE on December 21 of a year ago.

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In its new complaint, Qatar said the "repetition of this bad incident" was evidence of the UAE violating global law.

The Qatari complaint regarding a violation by the UAE of its airspace is incorrect and confusing. In her letters she said that the incident took place at 9:45am on December 21, 2017, and lasted for one minute.

UAE is one of the four Arab countries - the Quartet - that severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and demanded that Doha meets a list of 13 demands in order for dialogue to be resumed.

Qatar denies the allegations, arguing the bloc aims to incite regime change in Doha.

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