UAE lodges complaint with UN over Qatar war planes
Reuters, Thursday 18 Jan 2018

The United Arab Emirates has lodged a complaint with the United Nations to sayQatari war planes intercepted its civilian aircraft in an unjustified escalation of a regional dispute, state news agency WAM said on Thursday.

The UAE said on Monday thatQatari air force jets had intercepted two UAE civilian aircraft on routine commercial flights to Bahrain.Qatarhas said the claims are "completely untrue".

The complaint was in the form of a note submitted to both the U.N. Security Council president and the U.N. General Assembly president. It said the interception was a threat to the safety of the civil flights a breach to the rules of international law, WAM reported.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, has imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions onQatarsince last June, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Qatardenies the charge and has accused the four countries of trying to make it conform to their foreign policy positions.

The UAE has bannedQatari aircraft from using its airspace as part of the restrictions imposed since June.Qatarhas not reciprocated.