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Qatari naval vessel released after entering UAE waters

The vessel, flying the Qatari flag, was carrying four military personnel when it entered UAE waters

Qatari naval vessel released after entering UAE waters
The United Arab Emirates, along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, severed diplomatic, trade and transport links with Qatar in June 2017.

A Qatari naval vessel which entered Emirati territorial waters last month was released by UAE authorities this week.

The United Arab Emirates has released a Qatari naval vessel and the four military personnel who were on board when it was detained last week.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), the vessel, flying the Qatari flag, entered UAE territorial waters on Tuesday April 30, 2019 and was detained by Emirati officials.

On Monday, the vessel, along with its four military personnel were released by UAE officials.

“The four were First Lieutenant Mohammed Hassem Al Heil and Lance Corporal Saeed Nasser Al Marri, both Qatari nationals, Lance Corporal Mohammed Riyad Al Beltaji, a Palestinian national, and Private Fayez Talkoum, an Indian national,” the MoFAIC statement added.

The United Arab Emirates, along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, severed diplomatic, trade and transport links with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism, a claim the Doha government denies.