Israeli flag carrier El Al launches the first direct commercial flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates following the normalization of relations between the two countries. The inaugural flight, which transported high-level delegations from Israel and the United States from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi, flew over Saudi Arabian airspace for the first time by an Israeli commercial aircraft. High-level officials on the flight include Senior Advisor to the U.S. President Jared Kushner, U.S. National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien, and Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat.
Due to heightened tensions, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe cancels his scheduled trips to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, and convenes a National Security Council meeting, likely to discuss Iran's attack on U.S. forces based in Iraq.
The United Arab Emirates reports four commercial vessels were subject to "sabotage operations" just outside its territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman and two of the vessels suffer "significant damage" to their structure off the coast of Fujairah. One of the vessels was en route to the United Arab Emirates to be loaded with Saudi Arabia crude oil and sent to the United States.
Qatar's Interior Ministry releases a list of individuals and entities it says are linked to terrorism. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt, who had demanded the list amid tensions with Qatar, welcome its release but criticise the time taken to prepare it.
Saudi Arabia, and subsequently the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, urge all citizens currently in Lebanon to leave the country immediately. Recently, Saudi Arabia declared that a missile attack on its airport from Yemen was "an act of war" by Lebanon.
Two senior army commanders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are killed, including the head of the Saudi Special forces in Yemen, Colonel Abdullah al-Sahyan, along with dozens of Saudi, Emirati, Sudanese and Yemeni coalition troops in an OTR-21 Tochka missile attack by Houthi forces on their base near the city of Taiz in southwestern Yemen.
Iran is invited to attend the next round of talks over Syria's future, along with the representatives from the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Britain, France, Germany, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations mediator for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. The next round of the "Vienna II" meeting is expected to start tomorrow and continue Friday in Vienna, Austria.
Millions of mostly Asian women who work in countries like Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates remain at risk of human trafficking, forced labor, confinement and sexual violence, the New York-based Human Rights Watch group reports.