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Yemen cuts diplomatic ties with Qatar

June 5, 2017 at 8:49 am

Yemen’s internationally recognised government today cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of working with its enemies in the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, state news agency Saba reported.

Qatar’s practices of dealing with the [Houthi] coup militas and supporting extremist groups became clear

the government said in a statement.

It added that Yemen supported a decision by a Saudi-led coalition fighting for more than two years to oust the Houthis from the capital Sana’a to remove Qatar from its ranks announced earlier today.

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It has become the fifth country to sever relations with the Gulf state after Saudi Arabia, the Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE announced they would be doing so. The countries have blocked Qatar from their airspace and requested that all Qatari diplomats leave within 48 hours.