UAE military ordered not to escalate Qatar crisis: official

Reuters News
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Posted: Jan 23, 2018 5:14 AM

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A military official in the United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday its forces had instructions not to escalate an ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar.

UAE military aircraft would also fly alternative routes over Saudi Arabia to avoid the possibility of interception by Qatari warplanes, air force brigadier general Helal Saeed al-Qubaisi told reporters at a news conference in the capital Abu Dhabi.

(Reporting By Alexander Cornwell; Writing by Noah Browning; editing by John Stonestreet)