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Arab nations cut ties with Qatar






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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE, Libya and Yemen have cut ties with Qatar. They say Qatar supports terrorism. Saudi said it has to protect its security. It said Qatar was home to "terrorist...groups that aim to create instability in the region". Qatar said there were no facts that say this is true. It said the Arab countries are acting unfairly towards Qatar. It also said these countries would, "not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents" in Qatar.

Qatar has a difficult future without normal relations. Air, land and sea links from the Arab nations have closed. This will be a problem for people in Qatar. Most of its food comes in from Saudi. There is now a rush to buy food. Qatar Airways will suffer. It has to change its routes. Flights will be longer. Building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup could also slow down. Citizens from Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain are banned from going to Qatar and have 14 days to leave.

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