PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, June 4, 2017:
Several countries took major moves against Qatar today over its support for terror. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties, setting off a major crisis in the Middle East.
The move also cuts Qatar’s transit rights with these countries:
The BBC reports:
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region.
The countries say Qatar is supporting terrorist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact.
It cited officials as saying it was to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.
Egypt has also closed its airspace and ports for all Qatari transportation, the foreign ministry said.
The United Arab Emirates has given Qatari diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. Abu Dhabi accuses Doha of “supporting, funding and embracing terrorism, extremism and sectarian organisations,” state news agency WAM said.
Bahrain’s state news agency said the country was cutting ties with Qatar over “shaking the security and stability of Bahrain and meddling in its affairs”.
Kuwait and Oman are sitting this one out for the moment:
Which leaves Iran as Qatar’s main lifeline:
And with transit rights cut off, they’re going to need one:
Of course, Qatar’s support for terrorism is no secret in the Middle East:
And the behind-the-scenes activity may have been behind reports over the weekend regarding Qatar’s sponsorship of Hamas:
It remains to be seen if Qatar will invoke its joint defense agreement with Iran in response to these measures.
Apparently it was Qatar’s close ties with Iran and siding with the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen that contributed to this crisis.
- SAUDI ARABIA, EGYPT BEGIN CAMPAIGN AGAINST QATAR by Daniel Greenfield