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UAE says it releases Qatar navy boat, four sailors

The United Arab Emirates said it has released a Qatari naval vessel and four sailors who were held for nearly a week amid an ongoing boycott of Doha by the federation and three other Arab nations. Qatar did not immediately acknowledge the incident.

The UAE’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement today identified the four sailors by name and rank. The statement further said the vessel, flying the Qatari flag, entered UAE territorial waters on April 30.

The incident is the latest in a series of confrontations between Qatar and the UAE. Bahrain, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia have boycotted Doha over a political dispute since June 2017.

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