Middle-East nations cut ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen's internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Libya's Tobruk-based government severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on 5 June.

The official reason for the action was an allegation that Qatar supported Islamist extremist groups and was destabilising the region.

Qatar has denounced the measures as unjustified and denied the allegations leveled against it.

In response to the development, the following travel and diplomatic impacts have been identified.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE have closed their respective land, sea and air borders with Qatar and are reportedly denying Qatari nationals access to the country, even for transit purposes.

National airlines have announced the suspension of flights to and from Qatar, including Emirates, Ethihad, FlyDubai, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Air Arabia. Qatar Airways has suspended flights to and from Saudi Arabia (most from 6 June).

Analyst Manager at Red24 Andre Colling says although the countries accuse Qatar of supporting terror groups and allows ISIS to operate with the impunity from its territory, the motive behind the move is the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia about the political future of the contemporary middle East.

Qatar support the Hamas in Gaza Strip and they have supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Andre Colling - Analyst Manager at Red24

Al Jazeera which is based in Qatar is a critique of Saudi and Bahrain policies towards Shia minority population.

Andre Colling - Analyst Manager at Red24

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