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Qatar files UN complaints as 'UAE jets breach airspace'

Qatar files UN complaints as 'UAE jets breach airspace'
From Al Jazeera - January 13, 2018

Qatar has filed a new complaint with the United Nations, reporting a second violation of its airspace by a United Arab Emirates (UAE) jet in recent weeks.

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.

Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani,Qatar's UN representative, submitted a letter of complaint to Antonio Guterres, the organisation's secretary-general, in light of UAE's repeated infringement upon Qatar's sovereignty, the statement noted.

"[The] threat to the safety of its [Qatar's] borders and territories is evidence of the UAE authorities continuing their approach to violating international law, conventions, charters and international norms," it added.

The move follows Sheikha Alia Ahmed'ssending 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 last year.

The breach, which lasted for one minute, occurred at a height of 33,000 feet above Qatar's exclusive economic zone.

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