Gulf Crisis: Mideast airlines halt Qatar flights

gulf countries mapSaudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Egypt have broken off diplomatic relations with Qatar as three Gulf countries and Egypt have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region. In return, Qatar, which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia, has rejected the accusations. Qatar said, "The measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact."

As a result of the ongoing crisis, the Middle East's biggest airlines are suspending flights to Qatar. Etihad, Emirates, Fly Dubai and Gulf Air said Monday they would halt all flights in and out of Doha, the Qatari capital, starting Tuesday morning.

Saudi Arabia banned Qatar Airways from flying to the kingdom and using its airspace, starting Tuesday.

Kuwait and Oman are the only members of the Gulf Cooperation Council that have not joined the boycott.

Source: CNN