Qatar isolated

The Herald reports:

Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to early Monday morning, and Bahrain has given citizens 14 days to leave the country.

The decision further deepens a rift between Gulf Arab nations over Qatar’s support for Islamist groups.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, a gas-rich nation that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Saudi Arabia said the move was made for the “protection of national security” and Qatari troops would be pulled from its ongoing war in Yemen.

Bahrain blamed Qatar’s “media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain” for its decision.

It has reportedly given Qatari residents 14 days to leave Bahrain.

All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic to the peninsular country.

If Qatar really has been supporting terrorist activities, this might be a good thing. But I suspect it is not as simple as that.

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