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Qatar military vessel released

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates said it released yesterday a Qatari military ship that had violated UAE territorial waters last week. “The UAE released a Qatari naval vessel with four people on board,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. It said the Qatari-flagged ship entered UAE waters on April 30 and was carrying four military men-two Qataris, one Palestinian and an Indian. It gave no further details. The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, cut all diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of backing radical Islamist groups and seeking closer ties with regional arch-rival Iran. Doha has repeatedly denied the charges and accused its former allies of seeking regime change.- AFP

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