In the last hour or so, a Qatar Airways Airbus A320 has just landed in Doha following a prisoner swap made between Iran and the United States.
Qatar Airways Facilitates Prisoner Swap From Iran to Doha…
As per data from RadarBox, and cross checking through Sky News, A7-AHT was the Airbus A320 that operated QTR7313 from Iran to Doha’s Hamad International Airport.
Data from Planespotters.net shows that A7-AHT is a 11.5 year old Airbus A320-200 aircraft that was delivered to Qatar Airways back in April 2012.
QTR7313 departed Doha at 0820 local time this morning and was last tracked to the South-West of Tehran, before re-appearing again heading back to the airport.
From there, it then headed into the old Doha Airport, which is used for ad-hoc operations every now and then.
The Swap Was Controversial: Oil Money Unfrozen in the Region…
There has been controversy surrounding this prisoner swap between Iran and the United States, with these members transferring on to Washington from Doha.
In exchange for the release of these prisoners, around $6bn in frozen oil money kept in South Korea since 2018 will be handed over to the Iranian regime, as per The Guardian.
This comes following previous accusations in the last few weeks about Iran stockpiling highly enriched uranium, although Qatar has said that the money will be spent on food, agriculture and medicine.
Republican Presidential Candidate Ron DeSantis had this to say on the prisoner swap:
“[This] has sent a signal to hostile regimes that if you take Americans, you could potentially profit … A rogue regime should know that if you touch the hair on the head of any American, you will have hell to pay.”
This remains a developing story.
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