US Intelligence Alleges UAE Hacked Qatari Government Sites Sparking Crisis

US Intelligence Alleges UAE Hacked Qatari Government Sites Sparking Crisis

US Intelligence Alleges UAE Hacked Qatari Government Sites Sparking Crisis

Meanwhile, during a trip to Doha on Saturday French Foreign Minister Le Drian said Paris wants to assist Kuwait-led mediation on the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have put in place a boycott on Qatar since June 5.

The Arab quartet have expelled Qatari nationals and imposed a blockade, impacting mixed-nationality families in the Gulf, students and people seeking medical treatment overseas.

The contents of the response have not been disclosed, but Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the list of demands "is unrealistic and is not actionable".

On June 22, four Arab states advanced 13 demands to Qatar for restoring relations and gave it a 10-day deadline to comply with them. Qatar also rejects allegations it has supported terror groups.

"We are heading toward a long estrangement", Anwar al-Gargash said on Twitter, according to the Associated Press.

"The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level", Trump said at the time.

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The Gulf crisis is the worst to hit the region since the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981.

"Hundreds of Saudis, Bahrainis, and Emiratis have been forced into the impossible situation of either disregarding their countries' orders or leaving behind their families and job", said Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch. During Tillerson's recent trip, the U.S. did not offer any extraordinary initiatives or plans that would guarantee the settlement of the crisis.

"If Tillerson can convincingly frame his mission as delivering a deal for the United States that is all about defeating terrorism... then he may have some chance", said Partrick, who focuses on Gulf politics.

In defending its backing of the Brotherhood, Qatar argues that demonizing dissident groups risks driving them toward violent Islamic radicalism.

That said, the quartet appears reluctant to escalate the crisis further, especially without worldwide support, which they have been unable to garner.

While the six countries are unlikely to be under the illusion that Federation Internationale de Football Association will simply accept their demand, tabling it allows the Saudi-UAE-led alliance to assert that it is not backing down in the Gulf crisis and is increasing pressure on Qatar.

Mr Al Jubeir said Riyadh hoped the crisis could still be solved "within the Gulf house". Doha denies the charges. This was the message delivered to me by the Emir of the state of Qatar.

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