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Flights Grounded as Gulf Split on Iran Leaves Qatar Isolated

  • Saudi leads alliance to cut off Qatar over Islamist support
  • Countries suspend air, sea travel; Saudis shut land border
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Arab World Faces Dramatic Split

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The fallout from Monday’s shock move by four U.S. Arab allies to isolate Qatar over its ties to Iran was felt across the region on Monday, as flights were canceled and Qatari stocks plunged the most since 2009.

Saudi Arabia banned all Qatari planes from landing in the kingdom and will bar them from its airspace as of Tuesday, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. Abu Dhabi’s state-owned carrier Etihad Airways and Dubai’s Emirates said they would suspend all flights to and from Qatar’s capital, Doha, from Tuesday, along with the U.A.E.’s low-cost carriers Air Arabia and Flydubai.