Qataris expelled from Riyadh, UAE, Bahrain, but not Cairo

Israel applauds break. Anti-ISIS US raids continue from Doha

05 June, 19:44

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, JUNE 5 - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain ordered the expulsion of all Qatari citizens from their respective countries, giving them 14 days to leave, following the decision Monday to break diplomatic relations with Doha, according to Saudi satellite broadcaster Al Arabiya.

    The governments of the three countries also ordered all of their citizens who are living, residing, or passing through Qatar to leave the country.

    Egypt has given the Qatari ambassador 48 hours to leave the country, but isn't expelling Qatari citizens from Egypt, given "an important Egyptian community in Qatar", an Egyptian diplomatic source told ANSA.

    Egypt said its diplomatic break with Qatar and the closure of its airspace to air traffic from Qatar was due to the fact that Doha gave "support to terrorist training to the Muslim Brotherhood" and "supported terrorist operations in the Sinai" conducted by ISIS.

    Egypt also accuses Qatar of welcoming "directors" of the Muslim Brotherhood "convicted at trial for terrorist operations" as well as for promoting "propaganda for the ideas of al Qaeda and ISIS terrorists" and involvement in "the internal affairs of Egypt and other countries of the region to the point of threatening national Arab security".

    Meanwhile the US Air Force will continue to conduct anti-ISIS airstrikes from the US base in Qatar, according to Damien Pickart, a spokesman for the US Air Force. "We're grateful to the Qataris for their longstanding support of our presence, and we encourage all partners in the region to work for a common solution that ensures the region's security," Pickart said. Qatar and Bahrain, involved on the front lines on rival fronts in the diplomatic and political crisis in the Gulf, host the main US air and naval bases in the region.

    Since 2003 Udaid airbase in Qatar has been a forward headquarters of US Central Command and hosts about 10,000 American troops.

    In Bahrain, the naval base in Juffair is home to the United States Fifth Fleet and about 2,000 US military personnel work there.

    Even the eastern Libyan "government" that responds to the Tobruk Parliament has broken diplomatic ties with Qatar, according to Al Arabiya.

    The strongman of eastern Libya, General Khalifa Haftar, enjoys the support of Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

    As for Israel, Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman called the political crisis in the Gulf a positive development, adding that it opens "opportunities" in the "fight against terrorism".


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