Mauritania cuts ties with Qatar, Jordan to downgrade representation

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Mauritania became the latest country on Tuesday to join Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt to cut ties with Qatars. (AFP)
Updated 07 June 2017
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Mauritania cuts ties with Qatar, Jordan to downgrade representation

NOUAKCHOTT/AMMAN: Mauritania on Tuesday announced that it was cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar in solidarity with its Mideastern allies.
Mauritania became the ninth country to sever ties with Qatar.
Earlier Tuesday, Jordan said it will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar after examining the “cause of the crisis” between Doha and several other Arab states.
Jordan also revoked the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera, government spokesman Mohammad al Momani said.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain said on Monday they would sever all ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
The other countries that have taken similar action against Qatar are Yemen’s government, Maldives and Mauritius.


Two Palestinians killed by Israeli army in West Bank clashes: health ministry

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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli army in West Bank clashes: health ministry

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in clashes near a flashpoint religious site in the occupied West Bank overnight Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry said.
The health ministry said Raid Hamdan, 21, and Zaid Nouri, 20, died after being shot late Tuesday by Israeli troops near the Joseph Tomb’s religious site close to the Palestinian city of Nablus.
The Israeli army said explosives were hurled as Jewish worshipers visited the site late, with troops opening fire on the assailants.