Qatar Airways on Monday suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia, in the wake of that country, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya, severing all diplomatic ties with it. Earlier today, the 6 nations had severed all relations with Qatar after accusations against the nation about supporting terrorism and Islamic groups. All the said countries are also reported to have cut all air and water transportation services to Qatar. The rift between Qatar and the other Gulf countries had taken a turn after the former’s state-run news agency was hacked. The matter has since spiralled out of control.
The crisis started when Qatar had alleged that cyber criminals had hacked its news agency in May and published fake comments about Iran and Israel made by Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Following the news of the hack, various comments made by Hamad Al Thani were broadcast in the nation. The government had denied that these comments had been made by its ruler. Some of these comments had also stated that US President Donald Trump might not last in power. Qatar is the largest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
This unprecedented crisis came up in the wake of President of the United States, Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia for a summit with the leaders of the country. Qatar plays hosts to the Al-Udeid Air Base, home to the US military’s Central Command and about 10,000 American troops. It is, however, still unclear if the boycott would affect the United States’ military operations in the middle east.