Arab nations break diplomatic ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing their fellow Sunni Arab state of backing “terrorist groups aiming to destabilize the region,” including “Iranian-backed terrorist groups” active in east Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia also said Qatari troops would be pulled out of the coalition in Yemen, where the internationally backed government also cut off relations with Qatar. Qatar protested that there was “no legitimate justification” for the actions, vowing that its citizens won’t be affected by the “violation of its sovereignty.” UEA airlines Emirates, Etihad, and FlyDubai all announced they will cease flying to Doha, Qatar’s capital, and it’s unclear if Qatar Airways, a major long-haul carrier, will be able to continue flying through Saudi airspace. Qatar hosts 10,000 U.S. troops and a headquarters of U.S. Central Command, while Bahrain hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

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