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Monday, June 5, 2017

Qatar/Yemen/ Saudi/ Bahrain update 6/05/ front in proxy war

GCC rift: Five nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

Qatar-Iran ties deepen says Al Arabiya English

Why have Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya broken ties with Qatar?

Arab neighbours isolate Qatar says Financial Times

Fmr. Israeli mayor on Muslim countries breaking from Qatar

Market Edge: Saudi move to isolate Qatar part of proxy war with Iran: analyst

Iran, Turkey call for dialogue, easing tension

Reactions are pouring in after Saudi Arabia and some of its regional allies cut ties with Qatar. Iran has urged all sides to resort to dialog and help ease tensions. Russia and Turkey have also called for resolution of the row.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain plus Egypt announced the break of diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier on Monday. The dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar that has been simmering for a while led to a series of reactions that even dragged Qatar Airways and the UAE’s Etihad Airways into the row. Meanwhile, Saudi and Emirati media have begun attacking Qatar’s rulers and has claimed a coup against the Qatari emir is possible.

"Difficult conversations needed with Saudi Arabia"

Donald Trump’s embarrassing visit to Saudi Arabia

PressTV says Donald Trump, who has been very critical of Islam and Muslims and even attempted to try to prevent Muslims from entering his country, has visited Saudi Arabia to give a speech on Islam.

The Saudis have long been suspected of providing the financing and safe harbor required to pull off the 9/11 terror attacks that hit New York and Washington. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people. Fifteen of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, and three had histories of employment with the oil-rich kingdom.

Equally the Saudis have attracted criticism from much of the Muslim world as Donald Trump before and after his election victory has made offensive comments about Muslims and Islam. For many seeing the overtly Islamophobic president greeted with such warmth by the Saudi regime was an affront to the whole global Islamic community and ultimately showed how disunited and divided the community truly is.

UN warns about cholera outbreak in Yemen

Bahrainis Call for Word on Top Cleric's Whereabouts

Bahraini people staged fresh protests across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom in solidarity with Sheikh Issa Qassim and his supporters.

Protesters, carrying candles, took to the streets of the northern villages Abu Saiba and Shakhoura on Sunday night to commemorate Sheikh Qassim's supporters of who lost their lives during a raid last month, presstv reported.

Five people were killed and dozens other injured when regime forces attacked Sheikh Qassim’s supporters in the northwestern village of Diraz. The clergyman’s fate remains unknown, with some reports saying he is under house arrest.

The scuffles came two days after Sheikh Qassim was handed a suspended one-year prison term and ordered to pay a fine over accusations that he had used his position to serve foreign interests and promote sectarianism and violence.

Also on Sunday, people staged a similar protest in Barbar village in northern Bahrain. Regime forces were heavily deployed in the residential areas of Bilad al-Qadim town to confront protesters.

Bahraini forces also clamped down on a rally held in the residential area of Sar in solidarity with martyrs.

Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s main Shia opposition group al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, was stripped of his nationality last June despite denying the allegations.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.

They are demanding that the Al-Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.

Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al-Khalifah regime’s crackdown.

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