Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday morning over its relations with Iran and support for Islamist groups.
The Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudia, has reported that it intends to suspend flights to Qatar. The diplomatic row has intensified, causing several Airlines to suspend their services. The brief report was posted on Saudia’s Twitter page.
Saudia Airlines is joining Emirates, Etihad, and FlyDubai in halting flights to the Qatari capital of Doha.
This comes as Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE all cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its support for the Islamist groups and the controversial relation with Iran.
FlyDubai has also canceled its flights to Qatar as the diplomatic row intensifies. Although the carrier did not provide sufficient details, It revealed that it would cancel all its flights from Tuesday.
Yemen has also cut ties with Qatar, adding that it fully supports the decision by the Saudi-led coalition to discontinue Qatar’s participation in the war on the Hauthis. Qatar’s participation in the coalition started back in March 2015.
Emirates sited the growing diplomatic rift as the reason behind its decision to suspend its flights. The Dubai-based Airline said on its website Monday flights would be suspended until further notice starting Tuesday.
Qatar said that there is no legitimate justification for four Arab nations cutting diplomatic ties to it, adding that the decision is a violation of its sovereignty, vowing to its citizens it won’t affect them.
The conflict between Gulf’s Arab countries and Qatar was sparked and spiraled by a purported hack of Qatar’s state-run news agency.
A statement was issued by Bahrain’s Foreign Affairs Ministry early Monday saying that it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Qatari capital of Doha within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period.
The statement said that Qatari citizens needed to leave Bahrain within two weeks and that air and sea traffic between the two countries would be halted.