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The first direct Israel-Qatar flight for the World Cup takes off

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  The first direct flight between Israel and Qatar took off on Sunday Cyprus s leading airline TUS Airways said The flight is part of at least six round trip flights that TUS Airways has scheduled to carry Israeli and Palestinian fans during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar The flights were made possible after receiving approval from the Israeli and Qatari governments despite the lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries The first flight between Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv and Hamad International Airport in Doha carried 180 passengers The first non stop flights between Tel Aviv and Doha not only allow thousands of soccer fans to attend the spectacular World Cup but also make history by operating the first commercial flight between Israel and Qatar the airline said Israel s Foreign Ministry said it would also operate a consular office in Doha to handle Israeli fan affairs Israel and Qatar maintained economic ties until 2009 when the Israeli army launched an extensive military operation in the Palestinian Gaza Strip Relations between the two countries became completely disconnected in 2011 when Israel decided to close its offices in Doha due to Qatar s support for the Palestinians However a year ago the governments of Israel and Qatar reached a diamond trade agreement which allowed Israeli diamond dealers to enter Qatar Xinhua
The first direct Israel-Qatar flight for the World Cup takes off

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– The first direct flight between Israel and Qatar took off on Sunday, Cyprus‘s leading airline TUS Airways said.

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The flight is part of at least six round-trip flights that TUS Airways has scheduled to carry Israeli and Palestinian fans during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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The flights were made possible after receiving approval from the Israeli and Qatari governments despite the lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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The first flight, between Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv and Hamad International Airport in Doha, carried 180 passengers.

“The first non-stop flights between Tel Aviv and Doha not only allow thousands of soccer fans to attend the spectacular World Cup, but also make history by operating the first commercial flight between Israel and Qatar,” the airline said.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it would also operate a consular office in Doha to handle Israeli fan affairs.

Israel and Qatar maintained economic ties until 2009, when the Israeli army launched an extensive military operation in the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

Relations between the two countries became completely disconnected in 2011, when Israel decided to close its offices in Doha due to Qatar’s support for the Palestinians.

However, a year ago, the governments of Israel and Qatar reached a diamond trade agreement, which allowed Israeli diamond dealers to enter Qatar. ■

(Xinhua)

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