Iran sends planes of food to Qatar amid concerns of shortages

Amnesty International has said that the Gulf states opposed to Qatar were "toying" with people.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and others accuse Qatar of supporting extremist groups and have imposed punitive measures on Doha.

The results cover the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, well before Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut ties with Qatar and severed air links with Doha about a week ago.

Qatar denied the accusations and said that no retaliatory measures would be taken.

Meanwhile, Qatar has said citizens of states that have cut ties with the emirate will be allowed to stay in the country despite measures against its own nationals.

On Sunday, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah said Qatar was ready "to understand the reality of the qualms and concerns of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavours to enhance security and stability".

As a result Qatar's only land border has been closed, it has been stopped from using the airspace of neighbouring nations and its citizens have been told to leave various Gulf countries within two weeks. Kuwait has taken on the role of mediator, last week sending its emir to Saudi Arabia.

The Islamic republic has also opened its airspace to about 100 more Qatari flights a day, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates banned Qatari planes from their airspace. "I hope so", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter in reaction to Kuwait saying Qatar was ready to listen to the grievances.

But in language common to the three countries, the UAE said it drew a distinction between Qatar's government and its people.

The NHRC said a hotline set up by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to helped mixed families was "too vague to have any practical impact" and was "void of a mechanism to be of assistance to those affected".

John Ashcroft, the former US senator and the USA attorney general under President George W. Bush, has been tapped to guide Qatar amid a diplomatic crisis, according to public filings with the Department of Justice. The FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, said he was confident the "region will return to a normal situation" and the current crisis would not affect the staging of football's World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

The Qatari minister stressed that Arab nations consider Gaza-based Hamas a "legitimate resistance movement" and not a "terrorist organization as viewed by the US". The mood in this waterside Persian Gulf capital is a mix of fear, uncertainty and resilience as residents struggle to cope with a political and diplomatic crisis few imagined would so dramatically upend their world.

It added that the King had called on all parties "to be wise in order to reduce tension, to overcome this crisis and to finally settle the causes that led to this, in accordance with the spirit which has always prevailed within the GCC". "Some patriotically placed Qatar's flag in front of their houses, and there was a sense the diplomatic dispute could create long-term animosities".

  • Jon Douglas