Gulf countries loosen curbs on Qatari joint families

Gulf countries loosen curbs on Qatari joint families
Published: 11 June 2017 - noon

UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have loosen curbs on humanitarian cases of Qatari families with marital ties to the countries.

In a statement on news agency WAM, UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ordered the country’s authorities should review to consider humanitarian conditions of joint Emirati-Qatari families.

Authorities in each of the countries have set up hot lines to review cases (UAE +9718002626; Saudi Arabia +966112409111; Bahrain +97317399821).

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have ordered all Qatari nationals to leave their countries within 14 days. The alliance last week cut ties with Qatar and closed off all land, sea and air travel links with the Gulf country, accusing its leaders of supporting extremist groups. Qatar denies the charges.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on a Saudi Arabia-led coalition to ease Qatar’s isolation. The curbs, he said, have forced families to uproot themselves and pull their children from school.

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