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Bahrain Officially Denies Violation of Qatar's Airspace

2020-12-26 - 5:48 am

Bahrain Mirror: The Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed the claim by Qatari authorities that four fighters from the Royal Bahraini Air Force have violated their airspace on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, as irresponsible and baseless.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, a military drill involving two F-16 aircraft from the Royal Bahraini Air Force and two from the US took place in the designated military exercise area in the airspace of Saudi Arabia as part of a joint military exercise between the two countries.

Around the end of the exercise and precisely at 3:50 pm, the four planes headed together towards the skies of the Kingdom of Bahrain, crossing the airspace of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia eastward to land at Isa Air Base, the ministry added.

The ministry affirmed that it was the usual exit route from the military drill area towards Bahrain's airspace and that on their way back, the aircraft have not used the Qatari airspace as the Royal Bahraini Air Force fighters always perform their sorties in a professional manner making sure not to cross the borders of other countries.

Qatar said it informed the UN Security Council of violation of its airspace by four Bahraini fighter jets.

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