epa06011226 (FILE) – A general view of the skyline of Doha, Qatar, 05 February 2010 (reissued 05 June 2017). According to media reports, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar on 05 June 2017, accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism. EPA/IAN LANGSDON Photographer: Ian Langsdon/EPA
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain may loosen curbs on humanitarian cases of Qatari families with marital ties to both countries.
Authorities in the two countries have set up hot lines to review cases, according to statements carried by the Saudi Press Agency and Bahrain’s News Agency.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have ordered all Qatari nationals to leave their countries within 14 days. The alliance last week cut ties with Qatar and closed off all land, sea and air travel links with the Gulf country, accusing its leaders of supporting extremist groups. Qatar denies the charges.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on a Saudi Arabia-led coalition to ease Qatar’s isolation. The curbs, he said, have forced families to uproot themselves and pull their children from school.