Gulf crisis with Qatar splits families

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Saudi Arabian authorities prevented a family from attending a relative's funeral in Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt and others countries severed diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier this week (AFP)
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Saudi Arabian authorities prevented a family from attending an immediate relative's funeral in Qatar on Friday, prompting widespread coverage online that included photos and video of the service.

Jabir Salem, whose family was denied entry into Qatar, died in Doha's Hamad hospital.

Users shared videos of the man’s burial on social media.

 

Translation: A large number of people attended theburial of the Saudi Arabian man whose family was prevented from attending by Saudi authorities.

Footage online shows a funeral service for the man, where a large number of mourners are present.

Translation: May God reward you all for attending the funeral and prayer for the Saudi man whose family was prevented from attending the burial. The mosque was full.

To buttress against claims of staged footage, some people online allegedly found and photographed Salem's death certificate as validation that the funeral really did take place.

 

​Translation: The death certificate of the Saudi man whose children were prevented by Saudi authorities from attending his burial in #Qatar May God make it easy for them.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt and others countries severed diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier this week, which halted all air, sea and land links to the tiny Gulf country.

The Gulf countries and Egypt also asked Qatari diplomats to leave the country.

Translation: To the Qataris at Jeddah airport who were prevented by Saudi authorities from boarding the plane, private jets will be provided to you and the matter will be overseen by your consul.

Many families have been affected by the current crisis in the Gulf, with reports of multiple families being torn apart by the siege.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, families split across the feuding countries involved in this crisis have described scenes of "chaos" at airports.

Translation: A Qatari family in Jeddah airport inquires about bookings that can take them to their country after having 48 hours to leave Saudi Arabia, Emirates and Bahrain. 

The WSJ report also said around 6,500 families are thought to be affected by the crisis.

The National Human Rights Committee in Qatar said that up until Thursday it had received 400 requests for help from both Qataris and non-Qataris who had been directly affected by the restrictions.

They added that thousands of workers and students will be forced to leave their jobs and universities.