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Turkish troops hold exercises in Qatar in show of support

19 June 2017

Sheikh Sabah, a long-serving diplomat, said Gulf countries had "one destiny" due to their historical ties and cross-border family relations.

Iran's Interior Ministry also noted that they are investigating whether the fishermen actually entered the territorial waters of Saudi Arabia.

Prior to the diplomatic row, Qatari nationals could travel visa-free between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

The exercises convey U.S. support for Qatar amid the Gulf dispute.

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Still, the United Nations human rights chief and rights groups such as Amnesty International have criticized the expulsion of Qataris, saying there are people who risk losing their jobs and students who can not sit for exams.

Turkey, which is a strong backer of Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, has criticized the measures against Qatar and authorized the deployment of additional troops to Qatar in a show of support.

It denies supporting terrorism and says it is being punished for straying from its neighbours' political line of backing the region's authoritarian hereditary and military rulers.

The country has also been shipping dairy and poultry products to Doha, to make up for the halt in Saudi Arabian imports.

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"The blockade has been ongoing for two weeks and the blockading nations have offered no formula for resolving the crisis", Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed al-Thani, Director of Qatar's Government Communications Office, said in a statement on Monday.

"It is clear that the actions of the blockading nations have little to do with addressing legitimate grievances and everything to do with attacking Qatar's image and reputation", he said.

The channel posted a video on its website of a column of armoured personnel carriers moving through streets.

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"The region is already fragile enough, unsafe enough".

Turkish troops hold exercises in Qatar in show of support