An aerial view of Arabian Gulf with city of Abu Dhabi is pictured through the window of an airplane of Etihad Airways, United Arab Emirates December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Bahrain released radar tracks Tuesday it said showed Qatari fighter jets passing by Emirati commercial airliners bound for the island nation, encounters that set off a new dispute pitting Qatar against the Gulf countries that have been boycotting it since last summer.The two alleged fly-bys Monday morning could further escalate tensions between Qatar and the four Arab countries, among them the UAE, home to the world's busiest international airport. Two other radar signals described as Qatari fighter jets flew at around 2,590 meters and crossed briefly in front of the Emirates plane's flight path.It wasn't clear from the footage at what distance the fighter jets allegedly passed the Emirates flight, but Bahrain previously described the distance as being 3.2 kilometers.Both flights flew in international waters just north of the tip of Qatar before landing in nearby Bahrain.Reached Tuesday, Qatar's Government Communication Office dismissed the Bahrain state television report as part of a "smear campaign" against it by the UAE.
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