Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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"Strict and firm action will be taken against anyone who shows sympathy or any form of bias towards Qatar, or against anyone who objects to the position of the United Arab Emirates, whether it be through the means of social media, or any type of written, visual or verbal form", the UAE's attorney general Hamad Saif al-Shamsi said according to Gulf News.

While applauding a Kuwaiti effort to mediate the crisis, Gargash said Emirati and Saudi officials planned to concede nothing to Qatar, an worldwide air travel hub now cut off from some of the skies around it and blocked from receiving the trucks full of food it relies on to feed its citizens. Qatar has denied the accusations and called the collective decision "unjustified". Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look", he tweeted Tuesday.

In announcing it was cutting ties, Riyadh accused Doha of harboring "terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to destabilize the region including the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh and Al Qaeda". Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the ban took effect Tuesday, but there is no plan yet to repatriate the more than 200,000 Filipino workers in Qatar.

- Egypt's Al Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost Islamic institution, has commended the joint move of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to isolate their Arab neighbour.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash threatened more curbs if necessary and said Qatar needed to make "iron-clad" commitments to change policies on funding militants.

Financial support for jihadists across the Middle East lies at the heart of Arab powers' row with neighboring Qatar, an Emirati minister said on Wednesday, identifying three individuals his government wanted Doha to rein in. He met personally with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani.

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"Qatar is apparently to be more or less completely isolated and existentially targeted", he said, adding: "A further escalation serves no one".

While it is hard to predict the outcome of the crisis, Qatar could find itself in a position where a resolution can only be achieved if it publicly denounces groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, apologises to its GCC neighbours and even apply changes to those in charge at Al-Jazeera. A Qatar Airways spokesman confirmed the move.

- US President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman late on Tuesday US time and stressed the need for Gulf unity, a senior White House official said.

A Hamas official says Saudi Arabia's call to Qatar to cut ties with the Palestinian group is "regrettable" and contradicts traditional Arab support for the Palestinian cause.

A Pentagon spokesman said the crisis has had "no impact on our operations in Qatar or with regards to airspace permission around it".

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