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A Missing Sheikh and ‘Intercepted’ Planes Escalate Gulf Feud

  • Both sides deny alleged incidents; Qatar shares tumble
  • Saudi-led bloc has cut diplomatic, transport links with Qatar
A Qatari Mirage 2000 fighter jet.

A Qatari Mirage 2000 fighter jet.

Photographer: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images


Mysterious goings-on allegedly involving the forcible detention of a Qatari royal and intercepted Bahrain-bound planes have escalated the feud straining ties among Gulf Arab monarchies.

Two commercial jets were intercepted on their regular flight paths to Bahrain’s capital, Manama, the United Arab Emirates’ official news agency WAM reported on Monday. No such thing ever happened, Qatar said.