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Arab States Cut Ties with Qatar over Terrorism

Emir of Qatar with Donald Trump, May 2017 (Photo: wikicommons/The White House)

The nation of Qatar has long supported terrorism, financially and otherwise. And now, Israel Hayom reports, many Arab states have cut their diplomatic links with the tiny Middle Eastern country, accusing it of destabilizing the Gulf with its terror ties:

In an unprecedented breach between the most powerful members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of destabilizing the Persian Gulf.

The coordinated move dramatically escalates the simmering tensions in the Gulf. Qatar has long faced criticism from its Arab neighbors over its support of Islamist groups, especially the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Qatar repeatedly and strongly denied it funds extremist groups. However, it remains a key financial patron of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and has been the home of exiled Hamas official Khaled Mashaal since 2012.

Qatar said it regretted its neighbors' decision, according to Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV.

"The measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact," the network quoted the foreign ministry as saying...

Tags: Middle East Unrest , Terrorism

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