Saudi, Allies Unveil Qatar ‘Terrorist’ Blacklist

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On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabia and its allies revealed a terrorist blacklist  of 18 organisations and some individual  who were suspected of links with Islamist extremism and that had ties with regional rival Qatar, they said.

The four Arab governments move came despite of mounting international pressure to compromise in their boycott of their fellow US ally which happened a week old.

A joint statement carried by the Saudi Arabia Press Agency said, The United Arab Emirates, the Saudi Arabia ,Egypt and Bahrain blacklisted nine charity and nine individuals, directly or indirectly linked to Qatari authorities as terrorist and media organisations.

The statement added,” We expect Qatari authorities to take the next step and prosecute the terrorist people and  groups.”

Since 5 June, These four government have been boycotting Qatar during the worst diplomatic crisis time.

They sealed only the  land border of  the emirate and ordered its citizens to leave and closed their airspace flights and waters shipping to Qatari.

They demanded that the Qatar break its long standing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, and the blacklisted terror group by the four governments although not by the international community.

They  demanded to close the broadcasting giant AlJazeera and a Turkish military base, and fall in line with Saudi led policy in the region particularly towards Iran.

The Qatar has released the demands as a violation of its jurisdiction and has received significant support from its ally Turkey.

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who spent four days in the region, last week and was trying to broker a settlement of the crisis has voiced satisfaction with its efforts to address any suspicion of terror funding.

But today, the four government blacklisted the three Yemen based organisations and six libya  based organisations accusing them to have ties with Al-Qaeda.

They also blacklisted three Qataris, two Libyans , three Yemenis and a Kuwaiti. They said they were implicated in fundraising campaigns that was former Al-Qaeda affiliate, to support Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist militias in Syria.

The opposing sides in Libya, support the Qatar and its neighbours during the conflict between a UN backed  government in Tripoli and a rival administration in the east.

The Islamist militia was supported by Qatar  that back the unity government.  UAE has provided arms deliveries to its rival that a UN panel found during a violation of UN sanctions.

Saudi Arabia has led a military intervention against Shiite rebels in neighbouring Yemen since March 2015.

Terrorists of both Al-Qaeda and ISIS have since expanded their presence in areas of the south under the nominal control of the Saudi-backed government.

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