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Saudi Arabia publishes list of ‘terrorists’ supported by Qatar

Saudi Arabia and its allies, who broke off diplomatic relations with Doha, on Friday issued a list of people and organisations linked to “terrorist” activities they said were supported by Qatar.

The people and organisations on this list “are linked to Qatar and are serving a suspicious political program in Qatar,” said the joint statement of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Bahrain, neighbouring Gulf countries of Qatar, As well as Egypt.

This demonstrates that Qatar “affirms on one side fight against terrorism while another supports, finances and harbours terrorist organisations”, adds the same source.

“By mutual agreement, the four countries have listed 59 people and 12 entities on this list,” said the joint statement, saying they will “spare no effort” to persecute them.

This list contains at least two names, already cited internationally, as financial financiers of terrorism and against which Qatar has taken action, according to a recent report by the US State Department.

Among the Qataris on this list are persons or organisations from Egypt, Bahrain or Libya.

The crisis erupted on Monday when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Doha by accusing it of linking up with “terrorist organizations and sectarian groups seeking to destabilize the region, Among them the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesch (Arabic acronym of the Islamic State group) and Al Qaeda.

These countries, which also blame Qatar for its rapprochement with Tehran, a major regional rival of Ryad, have also imposed severe air restrictions and closed their land and sea borders with the small gas emirate.

After the attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States, Saudi Arabia had also faced charges of tolerating and even supporting extremist groups.