Russian hackers ´planted false story´ behind Qatar crisis

Pauline Gross
June 7, 2017

Of financing militant groups, oil giant Saudi Arabia attacked Qatar. some backed by regional arch-rival Iran -and broadcasting their ideology, to Qatar's an apparent reference to influential state-owned satellite channel al-Jazeera.

"On this scale, it's unprecedented", said Hatoon al-Fassi, a Saudi historian of Gulf Affairs and Women's Studies at Qatar University.

Around 8,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed at al Udeid in Qatar, which is used as a staging ground for US-led strikes on the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq. Mr Trump said on Twitter, claiming his visit to Saudi Arabia was "already paying off".

He later tweeted: "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

It was unclear how Trump's broadside against Qatar might affect the USA -led coalition fighting IS. Qatari officials declined to comment.

"We are willing to sit and talk", H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said yesterday in an interview with CNN, adding that the "progressive and modern" country believes in diplomacy and promoting peace in the Middle East.

Intelligence gathered by American authorities investigating the alleged hack told the news outlet Russian hackers were to be blamed for posting the fake news attributing false statements to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The broadside came as Kuwait's ruler flew to Saudi Arabia to try to resolve the split. An Omani diplomat traveled to Qatar on Monday.

On Tuesday, Sky News in Arabic reported that Saudi Arabia gave Qatar a 24-hour ultimatum to sever ties with Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood and Iran, for the measures to be lifted.

Qatar has said it will not retaliate against the curbs.

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"We are not a superpower here, we are not believing in solving things with confrontation", he said.

The consul general continues to call for calm among the more than 200,000 Filipinos working in Qatar as they continue to monitor the situation.

The United Arab Emirates tightened the squeeze on fellow Gulf state Qatar on Wednesday threatening anyone publishing expressions of sympathy towards it with up to 15 years in prison, and barring Qatari passport or resident visa holders entry.

Soon the Maldives and the governments that Saudi Arabia supports in the conflicts in Yemen and Libya also severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Meanwhile, Mauritania on Tuesday announced that it was cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar in solidarity with its Mideastern allies.

"I think our relationship with Qatar is one that's strong".

The Gulf countries ordered their citizens out of Qatar and gave Qataris overseas 14 days to return home. The countries also said they would eject Qatar's diplomats. With the closure of the air route, the Pakistani pilgrims who were in transit got stranded in Qatar.

Qatar Airways has suspended flights to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

"And you always say within the article itself: CIA, FBI never answered this", Lionel told RT, stressing that these kind of reports are groundless unless they offer some concrete proof.

Saudi Arabia said it revoked Qatar Airways' operating licenses and closed the airline's offices in the kingdom.

Other reports by GizPress

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