Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attends a Gulf Co-operation Council summit in Doha

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attends a Gulf Co-operation Council summit in Doha

FlyDubai's decision follows that of Emirates and Etihad in canceling flights to Doha.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar form a regional alliance known as the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday morning over its support for Islamist groups and its relations with Iran.

Qatar had assigned warplanes to the coalition conducting air strikes against Yemen's Huthi rebels.

The government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi says it severed ties with Qatar in part over is support of extremist groups in Yemen "in contradiction with the goals announced by the countries supporting the legitimate government".

In its statement announcing its severing of ties with Qatar, the UAE cited Qatar's "ongoing policies that rattle the security and sovereignty of the region as well as its manipulation and evasion of its commitments and treaties".

"The era of cutting diplomatic ties and closing borders.is not a way to resolve crisis".

Doha launched a probe into an alleged "hack" of state media after it said false and explosive remarks attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani were published on the Qatar News Agency website last month.

The three Gulf states gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries, Reuters news agency reported. It has spiraled since.

- Abu Dhabi-based Ethiad Airways said it would suspend flights to and from Qatar on Tuesday.

Associated Press writers Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Robert Burns in Sydney and Maggie Michael in Cairo contributed to this report.

Qatar has yet to comment on the growing crisis.

In Islamabad, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Pakistan has no immediate plans to cut ties with Qatar.

Qatari officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Saudi Arabia's official state news agency, citing an official source, said the Kingdom had made a decision to break relations with Qatar "proceeding from the exercise of its sovereign right guaranteed by worldwide law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism". The Bahrain News Agency said the country would cut off its airspace, ports and territorial waters to air traffic and shipping between the counties within 24 hours.

The move comes amid a deepening rift between Qatar and the four Gulf Arab nations over alleged links between Qatar and Iran-based terrorist groups.

Qatari citizens have 14 days to leave Bahraini territories while Qatari diplomats were given 48 hours to leave the country after being expelled.

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.

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