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Low-key conflict in Qatar could boil over

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The Qatar quarantine does seem a bit like a tempest in a teapot, compared to the real wars (Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya) currently raging in the Arab world. Qatar is tiny but rich, and nobody is getting killed there yet. But there is a blockade, and refugees, and troop movements, and it is not inconceivable that the gas-rich Gulf state might get invaded and its government overthrown.

On June 5 most of Qatar’s Gulf neighbours and a handful of other Arab or Muslim African countries withdrew their ambassadors from Doha, Qatar’s gleaming capital, and cut all land, sea and air communications with the country.

Qatari citizens visiting or living in Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were ordered to leave within 14 days. Qatar Airways lost its........

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