UAE closes airspace to all Qatar flights as GCC crisis escalates

UAE ruling family member Qatar now questioning its leaders

UAE ruling family member Qatar now questioning its leaders

Several Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the latter of supporting ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other terrorists and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.

"This is about change of policy, change of approach", said UAE foreign minister Anwar Gargash.

Qatar vowed on Thursday to ride out the isolation and said it would not compromise its sovereignty over foreign policy to resolve the region's biggest diplomatic crisis in years.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates this week broke off relations with Qatar, which has dismissed the accusations as "unjustified" and "baseless".

The Gulf crisis is showing no signs of abating as it continues to escalate despite efforts by USA and Kuwait to calm rising tensions among GCC member states.

Kuwait's Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah was met planeside by Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, when he arrived on Wednesday night.

Qatar sympathisers in the UAE will be facing a jail term up to 15 years and be slapped with a fine of not less than half a million dirhams, a top official warned today.

The announcement follows a major diplomatic rift between Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, all members of the powerful Gulf Cooperation Council over allegations that the small, but wealthy peninsula state supports terrorism.

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Asked for specifics about what Arab nations wanted from Qatar, Gargash said expelling members of Hamas and other groups from Qatar was important.

"Doha now is completely isolated", Al Qassemi said.

It said hackers installed a file and then published a fake news item attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, just after midnight May 24.

"We are in talks with Turkey and Iran and other countries", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject, adding that the supplies would be brought in through Qatar Airways cargo flights.

While liberal compared to much of the Middle East, the UAE has tough cybercrime and slander laws under which people can be arrested, imprisoned and deported for taking photographs without the consent of those shown.

The crisis began in part over what the Qataris described as a false news report planted during a hack of its state-run news agency. Russia denied Wednesday that it hacked the agency after a CNN report quoted anonymous USA officials saying they suspected Russian hackers.

Gargash said measures taken against Qatar this week were not aimed at seeking new leadership in Doha.

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