Amid the Gulf crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbours comes a really shocking report. An animated video released by Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya TV has created panic among Qatari people and left the rest of the world literally shell-shocked. The 27-second video shows a Qatari passenger plane entering Saudi airspace, before it is downed by a Saudi fighter jet with a missile, according to rt.com. The video begins by showing a less extreme scenario in which a commercial Qatar Airways flight is made to land by a Saudi fighter jet. A voiceover in the video said, “according to international law, a state that bans flights from entering its airspace has the right to deal with the violating plane in any way it wishes”.
“The options in this case either take the form of deploying a fighter jet that forces the plane to land whereby the flight crew are then tried on several charges.” or, the voice then added, “international law also allows states to shoot down any flight that violates a state’s airspace, classing it as a legitimate target, especially over military areas.” The video has sparked outrage among Qataris, the report said.
Watch the video here:
In the beginning of June this year, four countries in the Gulf region – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE – have closed their airspace to the tiny Gulf state as part of a diplomatic and transport blockade. These countries accuse Qatar of supporting Arab extremism and terror which it denies.
According to GulfNews, the Arab countries that boycotted Qatar have told Washington that US companies doing business with them would not be punished for ties with Doha. Foreign firms have become increasingly cautious on their cross border dealings amid the region’s biggest diplomatic crisis in years. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain sent a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in July reassuring him on the volatile issue.