Qatar Airways profits hit $540 million before Gulf crisis

But a Qatari diplomat said the crisis reflected a lack of US leadership.

Further indications have emerged that a blockade declared by several Persian Gulf states against Qatar has already opened a food corridor between Tehran and Doha since last week.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) welcomes Foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani during their meeting in Moscow on June 10, 2017.

Trump too had offered possible mediation earlier in the week.

Retired soldier Hasan al-Mohammad felt the severing of ties inside his family, with his wife, a Bahraini citizen, being obliged to return to her country after Manama recalled their citizens from Qatar.

Saudi Arabia has sealed Qatar's only land border, through which it had imported most of its food.

The SPA News Agency reported that Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had ordered that affected families, which are citizens of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, will be given humanitarian aid. In the latest case, US President Donald Trump called the Tehran twin attacks the fruits of Iran's support for terrorism.

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He spoke little more than an hour after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Saudi coalition to ease its "blockade" of Qatar, saying it was hindering the fight against Islamic State and provoking food shortages. Kuwait's ruler, meanwhile, is making an effort to help mediate.

"For potentially thousands of people across the Gulf, the effect of the steps imposed in the wake of this political dispute is suffering, heartbreak and fear", James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Global Issues Programme, said in a statement.

The three Gulf states severed transit links and gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries. They also warned that anyone who expresses support for Qatar online faces imprisonment and hefty fines.

A joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE has placed 59 individuals and 12 organisations - Qatar-based or funded by Qatar - on a "terror list".

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain also set up similar services on Sunday.

"The Arab dispute came after the Qatari emir's reported remarks on Iran's helpful role in the region sparked a diplomatic storm with Saudi Arabia and its allies even though Doha later said its state media, which published the statements, had been hacked".

Iranian officials said tons of vegetables had been sent from Iran to Qatar since the measures were taken against it. "My wife is from Bahrain and our four children are Qatari citizens". "People from across the region - not only from Qatar, but also from the states implementing these measures - risk losing jobs and having their education disrupted".

  • Sonia Alvarado