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

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Egypt has also closed its airspace and ports for all Qatari transportation, the foreign ministry said.

Qatar and the surrounding countries. Saudi Arabia said it also would shut its land border with Qatar, effectively cutting off the country from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula.

But tensions appeared to increase, nevertheless. "[The hackers] will be prosecuted according to the law", Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, said on Wednesday.

The call was a clear, public rebuttal of Saudi Arabia's efforts to force Qatar to fall in line against the Shiite-ruled nation, which the Sunni kingdom sees as its No. 1 enemy and a threat to regional stability.

The official Saudi news agency said the country had chose to sever ties with Qatar "proceeding from the exercise of its sovereign right guaranteed by global law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism".

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Egypt cut ties with Qatar, accusing the Gulf Arab state of supporting "terrorist" organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's state news agency reported.

In a statement the Kingdom of Bahrain said it has made a decision to cut the diplomatic relation with Qatar due to the insistence of the State of Qatar in further destabilizing security and stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The dispute between Qatar and the Gulf's Arab countries started over a purported hack of Qatar's state-run news agency. The other four countries had, at the time, responded by blocking all Qatari-based media, including Al-Jazeera.

But several Gulf Cooperation Council states rejected Qatar's explanation, leaving local media to unleash a barrage of attacks accusing the emir of cozying up to Iran. The chief worry among them is the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist political group outlawed by both Saudi Arabia and the UAE as it challenges the nations' hereditary rule.

Former interior minister Senator Rehman Malik has written a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urging him to play his role in mediation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran on an urgent basis.

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Bahrain today alos announced cutting diplomatic ties citing ongoing attempts to destabilize security in the country. However, the 2014 crisis did not see a land and sea blockade as threatened now.

"Bahrain accused Qatar of "interfering" in its internal affairs".

Global oil prices rose 1.24 percent to $50.57 a barrel in early trading Monday in Asia amid the Gulf diplomatic crisis.

The remarks attributed to the emir came days after a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia, a trip he used to rally Muslim and Arab support against terrorism and Iran. Since the meeting, unrest in the region has grown.

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