May 6, 2019 / 11:29 AM / 2 months ago

UAE says it released a Qatari military boat held since end April

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has released a Qatari military boat seized after it entered Emirati waters on April 30, the UAE state news agency WAM said in a tweet.

Four military personnel were on the Qatari boat — two Qataris, a Palestinian and an Indian, it said.

The boat drifted into UAE waters because of a breakdown, the Qatari state news agency QNA said, citing a foreign ministry statement which confirmed its release.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism, which Doha denies.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Toby Chopra and Peter Graff

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