UAE: Qatari Fighter Jets Intercept Passenger Planes

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UAE: Qatari Fighter Jets Intercept Passenger Planes

UAE
UAE

The United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority announced on Monday that two Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners en route to Bahrain, state news agency WAM reported.

"The General Civil Aviation Authority received a message from a national carrier on Monday morning that an aircraft on a routine flight to Manama was intercepted by Qatari fighter jets in a flagrant and serious threat to the safety of civil aviation and a clear violation of international law," it said in a statement describing the interception of the first jet.

"This is a routine flight that has all the required paperwork," the authority said according to WAM.

It condemned the incident and said it would take "all necessary legal measures to ensure the safety and security of civil air traffic."

Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority Saif al-Suwaidi said that the Qatari jets intercepted the first plane at 10:30 a.m., and the second at 11:15 a.m.

He added that the interception was visible to the naked eye by the cabin crew and passengers, which is a “clear threat to the lives of innocent civilians.”

He stressed that Qatar had never carried out such action before without prior warning, which is a blatant violation of international laws and civil aviation safety.

The Qatar jets suddenly veered towards the UAE planes without prior notice, Suwaidi explained.

He expressed the country’s rejection of such threats, vowing that it will take all necessary legal actions to ensure the safety of civil aviation.

The interception drew the condemnation of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Manama stressed that this is a “clear violation of relevant international conventions and laws, particularly those of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the provisions of the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation and its amendments of 1944.”

The Bahrain Foreign Ministry affirmed in a statement "that this rejected hostile behavior by Qatar against civil aircraft has become frequent in recent times and jeopardizes the safety of civil aviation and poses a threat to the lives of civilians.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stresses the Kingdom of Bahrain's full support for the UAE and its backing for all of the measures it takes to maintain its security and stability, to stop these violations and to repel these breaches by the State of Qatar," added the statement carried by the Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry for its part denied that its fighter jets had intercepted the civilian planes.



Saudi Arabia: Unauthorized Hajj Pilgrims Die from Heat Stress after Walking in Scorching Heat 

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia: Unauthorized Hajj Pilgrims Die from Heat Stress after Walking in Scorching Heat 

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia stressed on Sunday that it treated several cases of heat stress during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. Some pilgrims are still receiving care.

A total of 1,301 fatalities from heat stress were reported, with 83 percent of the cases being among pilgrims without permits, announced Minister of Health Fahd Al-Jalajel in televised remarks.

The unauthorized pilgrims walked long distances under the scorching sun, without shelter or comfort, and many among them were elderly and suffering from chronic illnesses, he explained.

Over 1.8 million pilgrims performed the Hajj with complete ease and safety, amid an integrated advanced system of services, he added.

Al-Jalajel highlighted the strenuous efforts carried out by the concerned authorities to ensure that the pilgrims, regardless of their race or nationality, have a smooth journey, which led to the success of the pilgrimage in spite the massive numbers that were present and the various challenges posed by the souring temperatures.

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures, he went on to say.

All relatives of the deceased have been contacted and the deceased have been identified – a process which took some time because they did not carry the necessary identification, the minister remarked. They have been buried in the holy city of Makkah and their death certificates have been issued.

Moreover, Al-Jalajel said no diseases or epidemics were reported at the Hajj. The health system provided over 465,000 specialized treatment services, including 141,000 to individuals who did not obtain official authorization to perform the Hajj, he revealed, stressing that the leadership prioritizes human health above all else.

The services offered included open-heart surgeries, cardiac catheterization, dialysis, and emergency care.