Saudi foreign minister says Gulf states can solve Qatar row alone

Russian Hackers May Have Played a Role in the Qatar Diplomatic Crisis, Report Says

Russian Hackers May Have Played a Role in the Qatar Diplomatic Crisis, Report Says

"The official authorities of Qatar have not contacted the Russian embassy in Doha for information regarding the alleged hacking attack from the Russian side", the embassy said in comments carried by Russian state news agency TASS. Qatar strongly denies supporting terrorism, and on Tuesday called for talks to settle the dispute.

While Qatar maintained the story was false, the report was followed by diplomatic problems between the country and other Middle Eastern nations Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, as well as the UAE.

His defence secretary, James Mattis, also spoke to his Qatari counterpart to express commitment to the Gulf region's security.

Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers, a major recipient of Qatari aid, have called Saudi Arabia's call for Qatar to cut ties with the Palestinian militant group "regrettable" and said it contradicts traditional Arab support for the Palestinian cause.

Kuwait's emir has also been seeking to mediate, meeting Saudi's king on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Turkey's parliament ratified two deals on deploying troops in Qatar and training the nation's gendarmerie forces.

He said Qatar needed to shut down or limit its Al-Jazeera news network, as well as stop funding extremist groups and others.

"With regard to measures undertaken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I've read in the media but have not been informed of anything official and I can't express an official position", Jubeir told reporters.

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On top of a possible jail term, offenders could also be hit with a fine of at least 500,000 dirhams, the newspaper said, citing a statement to Arabic-language media.

The UAE's state-owned Etihad Airways, meanwhile, said all travellers holding Qatari passports were now prohibited from travelling to or transiting through the Emirates on government instructions.

Foreigners living in Qatar with residence visas will no longer be eligible for visas on arrival into the United Arab Emirates, a spokesman for Etihad Airways added.

Qataris were loading up on supplies in supermarkets, fearing shortages.

It also arranged three charter flights from Jeddah to Muscat to bring back stranded Qatar Airways passengers to Doha.

Qatar, a country heavily dependent on food imports to feed its mostly foreign population of 2.6 million, has assured residents it has taken measures to assure that normal life continues.

OPSGROUP, an industry flight operations service, said it had advised airlines of a series of restrictions on Qatari nationals, including a ban on transit through the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.