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Sunni rift – Saudi Arabia demands Qatar sever ties with Hamas

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cr: Yoan Valat/European Pressphoto Agency

Published: 6 June 2017

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Trump took credit on Twitter for the current crisis between the Sunni Arab world and Qatar, saying it followed his condemnation of funding terrorism during his Saudi visit. He failed to mention, however, that Qatar is home to one of the largest American airbases in the region, hosting some 11,000 US military personel, and serving as the US command and logistics hub for operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

5 Arab nations move to isolate Qatar, putting the US in a bind – Anne Barnard & David D. Kirkpatrick –The New York Times 05.06.17
The move was announced by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen. The Maldives and the eastern government in divided Libya also said they were joining in the sanctions. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Sydney that the US stands ready to help defuse the tension.

Saudi Arabia: Qatar must sever ties with Hamas – Reuters/Haaretz 06.06.17
Qatar is undermining Palestinian Authority and Egypt by supporting Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi foreign minister says.

Palestinians confirm: top Hamas officials have left Qatar at country's request – Jack Khouri – Haaretz 05.06.17
Hamas told to direct its West Bank operations from Gaza.

Gazans will suffer more as a result of Hamas and Qatar crises – Jack Khoury – Haaretz 06.06.17
The atmosphere is being compared to that on the eve of the 2014 Gaza war. Israel must decide whether and to what extent it will intervene.

GCC split is a blow to US regional policy – Thomas W. Lippman – LobeLog 06.06.17

Israeli analysts respond to breakdown of relations in the Gulf – BICOM 06.06.17
There is concern in Israeli circles that if Qatar stops its support for Hamas, the terror group could move closer to Iran.

Qatar may have paid $US1 billion in ransom for release of royal family members captured while hunting with falcons – Alex Lockie – Business Insider Australia 06.06.17
The ransom was reportedly paid to Iranian and al-Qaeda linked forces in Syria and may have been the tipping point for Qatari-Gulf relations.

And see: Hacks, money and Qatari crisis: how Gulf states entangled DC think tanks in their fight for influence – Amir Tibon – Haaretz 05.06.17
Gulf states feud thrusts DC think tanks into line of fire. Qatar alleges conspiracy between UAE and Israel or a pro-Israel lobby.

Related: The people of Gaza need urgent help


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