'Heartbreak and Fear': Qatar-Gulf Row Rips Thousands of Families Apart - Amnesty

'Heartbreak and Fear': Qatar-Gulf Row Rips Thousands of Families Apart - Amnesty

'Heartbreak and Fear': Qatar-Gulf Row Rips Thousands of Families Apart - Amnesty

Others say Sheikh Tamim's silence displays the tact U.S. President Donald Trump lacked when he posted a series of Tweets on Tuesday appearing to take sides against Qatar in the dispute.

The announcement increases pressure on Qatar in a diplomatic and economic campaign to isolate the small Gulf Arab state, which is a critical global supplier of gas and hosts the biggest USA military base in the Middle East.

Most of the allegations against Qatar include accusations regarding its support for Sunni extremist groups, as well as its collaboration with and financial support for Hezbollah and the Iraqi People's Mobilization Forces, otherwise known as the Hashd al-Shaabi.

The emirate was responding just hours after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain published a list of 59 people and entities linked to "terrorism".

The UAE announced Wednesday that "expressing sympathy, inclination or favoritism toward Qatar" is punishable by three to 15 years in prison, alongside a minimum fine of 500,000 dirhams, about $136,000.

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President Donald Trump says that he appreciates China's efforts to exert pressure on North Korea , but "it has not worked out". We've reached a point where our humanity has been stripped to the bone, and we have nothing left for you, or Otto Warmbier .

Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, poses for a photo during an interview with the Associated Press in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, June 8, 2017.

In this respect, the Syrian crisis will be particularly interesting to monitor as the Qatari quarantine has brought Egypt back into the fold after it made a decision to blatantly support Bashar al-Assad, who it saw as a strategic ally in its common fight against Islamic extremist groups, such as Al-Nusra in Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood, both in Egypt and overseas.

Saudi Arabia closed down the Al Jazeera TV channel in the kingdom.

"The president offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary", Trump's office said after the call. "During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology".

Trump said Arab leaders he met with in Saudi Arabia last month had urged him to confront Qatar over its behavior.

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Sekulow , who is 61, isn't new to the Washington scene - he's made a career championing conservative causes in court for decades. But the president took sole responsibility for doing it, at least until he seemed to try to shift it Friday to the deputy.

But efforts to defuse the worst crisis among Gulf Arabs for two decades showed no immediate progress.

Qatar has vowed to ride out the isolation imposed on it by fellow Arab states and said it would not compromise its sovereignty over foreign policy to resolve the region's biggest diplomatic crisis in years. They also gave Qatari citizens 14 days to depart their respective countries and banned their citizens from visiting the country.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Gulf countries still saw Qatar as a "brother state". The news agenda was dominated instead by Saudi Arabia's audacious diplomatic offensive against its neighbour Qatar, supported by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, the Maldives, Senegal and Mauritania.

The call also comes amid reports that Russian hackers were suspected of interfering with a news site in Qatar and may have put out fake information that helped spark the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, CBS News has learned.

An Iranian transportation official was quoted by media as saying on Tuesday that Qatari flights bound to North Africa and Europe that used to cross Saudi, Egyptian or Kuwaiti airspace can now travel over Iran, Iraq and Jordan.

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North Korean officials said he became comatose after he was given a sleeping pill following a botulism diagnosis. Warmbier, 22, died at a Cincinnati hospital on Monday, just days after he was released from captivity in a coma.

It's a strategy shared by other Persian Gulf countries seeking to win U.S. support-including Saudi Arabia.

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