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Qatar fighter jets harass UAE civilian aircraft

The aircraft was carrying 86 passengers while crossing Bahrain air space

Dubai: Qatar fighter jets dangerously approached a UAE civilian aircraft flying from Damman to Abu Dhabi on Sunday, according to a statement carried by WAM.

The aircraft was carrying 86 passengers while crossing Bahraini air space and was following a scheduled flight path.

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The aircraft had adhered to necessary approvals and international permits, according to the statement.

"The Qatar fighter jets followed and approached the [UAE civilian] aircraft, reducing the horizontal distance to less than two miles and vertical separation to 700 feet, leaving just a few seconds before a possible collision of the aircraft. It was a dangerous approach endangering the lives of passengers," it said.

Following the incident, the UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation said that it will file a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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