Hamas denies Qatar to expel leaders, but says some to move

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The Qatari government declared that two other unnamed countries are also helping in the investigation, which is proposed to be released as early as next week, the Qatari station stated.

Oil giant Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of backing militant groups and broadcasting their ideology, in an apparent reference to Qatar's influential state-owned satellite channel al Jazeera.

The first comment of an Emirati official about the tensions had come from Anwar Gargash, the Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, who said in a tweet that "The Cooperation Council for the Arab States is facing a serious crisis and a sedition forms a great danger".

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, both members of the GCC, have labelled the group as a terrorist organisation.

Qatar's emir has visited Kuwait in what appeared to be an attempt by the Kuwaitis to mediate between Doha on one side and Abu Dhabi and Riyadh on the other.

Meanwhile a number of Qatari news sites have been blocked in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt. At that time, travel links were maintained and Qataris were not expelled.

The diplomatic broadside threatens the global prestige of Qatar, which hosts a large USA military base and is set to host the 2022 World Cup. "It is a big power in the stabilization of the region".

Qatar is a major ally and supporter of Hamas and now hosts the group's chief political leader, Khaled Meshaal.

It follows President Donald Trump's visit to Riyadh, where the USA government spoke in support of Saudi Arabia in its soft war against Iran.

"It seems that the Saudis and Emiratis feel emboldened by the alignment of their regional interests - toward Iran and Islamism - with the Trump administration", said Kristian Ulrichsen, a Gulf expert at the U.S-based Baker Institute.

According to Badran, such reports make part of underway ad hominem campaigns aiming to destabilize Hamas-Qatar fraternity ties.

At its core lie regional politics and Gulf states' reaction to the uprisings that swept much of the Middle East several years ago.

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