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Qatar's diplomatic isolation

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A number of Arab countries have severed links with oil-rich Qatar accusing the country of supporting militant groups such as ISIL and al-Qaeda, something Qatar denies.

The move to isolate Qatar was put in motion by Bahrain then Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen and Libya’s eastern based government joined the boycott.

Saudi Arabia has already closed its borders and blocked sea, air and land contact.

Qatar has called the decision “unjustified” and has “no basis in fact.”

Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain have given Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to return home and have barred their nationals from travel to the tiny peninsula.

Airlines such as Etihad Airways, EgyptAir and Emirates have cancelled flights to a from the capital Doha.


Qatar is a member of the US coalition ranged against ISIL, but has been repeatedly accused of bankrolling ISIL by Iraq’s Shi’ite leaders.