On January 11, Qatar revealed that a warplane of the UAE Air Force violated its airspace at 9.45am on December 21, 2017. As a response to the incident, Qatar sent two identical messages to the United Nations Secretary-General and to the President of the UN Security Council to protest the violation, according to the Qatari al-Jazeera TV.
Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, stressed in the messages that the UAE warplane entered Qatar’s airspace without any approval from the Qatari side.
According to the official Qatari messages, the UAE warplane, with the induction code (0403), flew over the exclusive economic zone of Qatar at a height of 33,400ft and at a speed of 460 knots. Qatar even provided the UN with the radar records.
This map shows the route of #UAE fighter jet penetration of Qatari airspace. The document was submitted by #Qatar as a prove of UAE violation, to the UN General Secretary and the president of UN Security Council. pic.twitter.com/RDM0TwDxlB
— ريم الحرمي (@Reem_AlHarmi) January 11, 2018
Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani warned in the messages that Qatar is ready to defend its borders and its “national security” if the violation is repeated.
“While Qatar is keen to maintain good relations with its neighbors, it strongly rejects any violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and that in the event of a repeat of such violation, the State of Qatar will take, in order to preserve its legitimate sovereign right, all necessary measures to defend its borders and airspace and national security, in accordance with international laws and regulations,” Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani said in the messages.
The accident was the first military mishap between Qatar and its neighboring countries, since the outbreak of the Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis on June 5, 2017.