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UAE blocks access to Qatar Airlines website

UAE blocks access to Qatar Airlines website

He then claimed that Doha has links with terrorism, repeating similar accusations made by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Libya.

In this February 6, 2012 photo, then-Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, center, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and then-Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, arrive to sign an agreement in Doha, Qatar.

In an article entitled "Five Reasons Why Israel Should Care about the Qatar Crisis", Jerusalem Post said the decision to cut ties with Doha "brings Israel closer to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Gulf".

Qatar's foreign minister rejected what he described as "interference" in his country's foreign policy, ruling out a military solution to the crisis.

Trump spoke with the leader of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to push for regional unity, and during a Wednesday phone call with the emir of Qatar he "offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary", according to a White House statement.

"No one has given them the right to blockade my country, not to allow cars, or my flights to fly over their countries or my ships to park in their port", the foreign minister said.

The countries cite Qatar's support for extremist groups such as Hamas, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as its relations with Iran.




CNN Arabic on Wednesday reported - citing an unnamed USA official - that the Qatari military has been put on "highest alert" along the southern border with Saudi Arabia since the outbreak of the ongoing spat.

"If anyone thinks they are going to impose anything on my internal affairs or my internal issues, this is not going to happen", Sheikh Mohammed said.

The Saudi newspaper al Watan published what it called a list of eight "extremist organisations" seen as working to destabilise the region from Qatar, including Qatar's Al Jazeera news channel, that were targeted by Gulf Arab states. Turkey's parliament, on the other hand, has approved sending troops to an existing Turkish base in Qatar as a sign of support. "Are we living really in the 21st century?"

Analysts have raised the prospect of a palace coup in Qatar, a hereditary monarchy with a history of such changes in leadership.

Qatar strongly denied the earlier allegations and expressed a willingness to engage in talks to resolve the crisis.

He said Iran was ready to help with securing food supplies in the emirate, an investment powerhouse and supplier of natural gas to world markets but tiny and reliant on imports.

In an interview with BBC radio, UAE Ambassador to Russia Omar Saif Ghobash said Qatar had to choose between supporting extremism or supporting its neighbours.


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