DUBAI (Reuters) - Three Gulf Arab states and Egypt severed their ties with Qatar on Monday in a dispute over Doha’s support for Islamist groups, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood, which they regard as a political enemy.
-- Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic and consular relations with the state of Qatar and will close all ground, sea and air ports to forbid transit, state news agencies said.
-- It was not immediately clear when these measures would be implemented. Saudi Arabia said it would “begin immediate legal measures with friendly, sisterly countries and international companies to implement that measure as quickly as possible for all types of transit from and to the state of Qatar.”
-- Abu Dhabi-based Ethiad Airways said it would suspend flights to and from Qatar on Tuesday.
-- The decision forbids Saudi, UAE and Bahraini citizens from traveling to Qatar, residing in it or passing through it, SPA said. Residents and visitors of those countries must leave Qatar within 14 days. Qatari citizens have 14 days to leave Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar.
-- Qatar has been expelled from a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.
-- Egypt said it was also severing ties and would close its airspace and seaports for all Qatari transportation to protect its national security. It was not immediately clear whether it was expelling Qataris or had asked its citizens to come home.
Reporting by Stephen Kalin and Sylvia Westall; Editing by Bill Tarrant