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Qatar ties broken off

Posted On June 5, 2017

Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN)

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have broken off relations with Qatar, in the worst diplomatic crisis to hit Gulf Arab states in decades.

The three Gulf countries and Egypt have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region. Qatar — which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia — has rejected the accusations calling them “unjustified” and “baseless”. Yemen and the Maldives also cut ties with Qatar.

Qatari citizens have been told they have 14 days to leave Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, while those countries also banned their own citizens from entering Qatar.

Key developments:

Qataris given 14 days to leave the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi.

Qatar ejected from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen over alleged support of ISIS and al-Qaeda, according to Saudi state media.

Yemen and Maldives governments also cut ties with Qatar.

Emirates airline says it’s suspending all flights to and from Doha starting Tuesday morning.

Kuwait, Oman only Gulf Cooperation Council members remaining with ties to Qatar.