Qatari jets make emergency landing

2011-03-22 18:06
Larnaca - Cyprus said on Tuesday it had refused permission to Qatari air force jets to land at Larnaca Airport and only changed tack when they reported they were running out of fuel.

"Cyprus Republic authorities did not give permission [to land], subsequently they asked for permission for an emergency landing due to lack of fuel," said Cyprus government spokesperson Stefanos Stefanou in a written statement.

"Civil Aviation acting under international rules had to give permission for landing and refuelling."

He said three aircraft landed at Larnaca, the main civil airport in Cyprus, two Mirage jet fighters and a C-17 transport plane.

"As soon as they refuel they will depart," ended the brief statement.

State television said the two French-built Mirage 2000-5 combat aircraft and the US-made cargo plane were en route to a US base in Souda, Crete.

Stefanou told the broadcaster that there was no prior warning from the Qatari government about the aircraft wanting to make an unscheduled stop in Cyprus.

Qatar was the only Arab state to agree to participate in military operations in Libya, although the Arab League has backed the UN-mandated no-fly zone to stop strongman Muammar Gaddafi's forces harming civilians in a conflict with an insurgency.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani on Sunday said the aim was to "stop the bloodbath" and it was necessary for Arab states to take part.

A French defence ministry spokesperson said Qatar had decided to deploy four aircraft in the zone.

Cyprus on the other hand has refused to be party to any military action against Libya.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    cyprus  |  libya  |  qatar  |  libya protests  |  uprisings
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Jones: Japan can be 'team of the tournament'
Tuilagi gets punishment cut
As it happened: New Zealand 47-9 Tonga
Fourie: Boks can't be in a better position
Traffic Alerts

The phrase for today is:”Out of the blue.” Expect the unexpected and work with the changeable energy. Your intuition is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.