Qatar, Defying Deadline, Faces New Threats by Neighbors

Peace and Freedom

Saudi-led group floats possible actions if Doha doesn’t bow to its demands

Updated July 2, 2017 8:23 a.m. ET

DUBAI—Qatar faces a potential volley of new punitive measures by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states as it is unlikely to bow by Sunday to their demands in the worst regional diplomatic crisis in years.

The kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties and imposed a transport ban against Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups and meddling in their domestic affairs, charges that Qatar denies. On June 22, they gave Qatar 10 days to give in to 13 demands that include closing down state broadcaster Al Jazeera, curbing ties with Iran and ending Turkey’s military presence on its soil.

Qatar has indicated that it won’t meet the demands, which would amount to a radical policy overhaul. Qatar’s…

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