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Qatari forces in anti-Houthi coalition return to Doha

The move came days after the coalition terminated Qatar's membership in the anti-Houthi bloc

  | 07.06.2017
Qatari forces in anti-Houthi coalition return to Doha FILE PHOTO

DOHA

Qatari forces in the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels have returned home, according to Qatar's official QNA news agency. 

The move came days after the coalition terminated Qatar's membership in the anti-Houthi bloc, which has been launching an air campaign against Houthi rebels, who overran Sanaa and other Yemeni provinces in 2014.

According to QNA, top army brass had welcomed the troops on Tuesday.

On Monday, five Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen – cut ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

Qatar denied the accusations, saying the move to cut ties with it was "unjustified" and aimed to impose guardianship on the Gulf country.

The new escalation came two weeks after the website of Qatar’s official news agency was allegedly hacked by unknown individuals who reportedly published statements falsely attributed to its emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani.

The incident triggered a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbors, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Reporting by Ahmed al-Masri; Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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