The Qatar crisis and the impact on Gaza

12 Jun

The blockade of Qatar by other regional powers could descend into a major conflagration. It is also likely to have a serious impact on Gaza. Here is a selection of recent TV reports and viewpoints:

AP Archive report, 11 June 2017

The Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Jan Egeland said on Tuesday he was concerned the dispute between Qatar and it’s neighbours could cut off Qatari help to the blocked Gaza Strip.
Qatar is among the biggest contributors to Gaza in terms of aid and infrastructure.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Egypt, severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the gas-rich nation of supporting regional “terrorist” groups.
The four nations also moved to cut off Qatar’s land, sea and air routes to the outside world.
During a news conference in Jerusalem, Egeland said Gulf countries as well as Iran and the European Union (EU) and the US must work to resolve the crisis.
Egeland spoke to the media on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War that brought Jerusalem and parts the West Bank under Israeli control.
Egeland urged the international community – the EU and the US in particular – to focus on finding a way to bolster attempts at reaching a peace deal between Israel and then Palestinians.
“There is no one else,” he told reporters, and warned that a “tremendous capitulation” of Israeli and Palestinian leadership had led to irreversible changes to Palestinian territories that made a peace settlement harder than ever to achieve.

Al Jazeera report 7 June 2017

What does the Qatar crisis mean for Hamas?

Hamas is one of the groups that several Arab countries named when explaining why they severed relations with Qatar.

The Gulf states want Qatar to stop funding the Palestinian group, which rules Gaza, but Hamas argues that the money it receives is needed for humanitarian projects.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from Gaza.

 

PressTV 10 June 2017

The German foreign minister has warned that the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia could lead to war.

Sigmar Gabriel told a local newspaper that he realized the seriousness of the situation after holding talks with his counterparts in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Kuwait and Iran. He, however, added that he still sees a chance to defuse tensions. Earlier in the day, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov urged dialog between Qatar and its Arab neighbors to ease the standoff. He added that Moscow is unhappy with the current situation and is prepared to do everything in its power to help mediate the crisis. Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies broke off diplomatic ties with Doha on Monday and closed all their borders with the Persian Gulf country accusing it of supporting terrorist organizations. Qatar rejects the allegations.

The Nation (CBC flagship), 9 June 2017

Following strained relations with neighbouring countries and accusations of funding terrorism, Qatar now faces increasing pressure from a blockade.

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