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UAE: Qatari jets intercepted plane

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates said yesterday that Qatari fighter jets narrowly avoided a UAE passenger flight over neighboring Bahrain, the latest in a series of such claims. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority said the incident took place at midday yesterday and the captain of the flight with 86 passengers onboard had “to make a quick maneuver to avoid collision”. “Qatari jets chased the UAE passenger plane and came close to it leaving just seconds before collision… a very dangerous and unsafe approach which endangered the lives of passengers,” the authority said in a statement. Bahrain’s civil aviation agency said in a statement that the Airbus 320 was travelling from Dammam in eastern Saudi Arabia to UAE capital Abu Dhabi. – AFP

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