Qatar-Gulf crisis: How it all got started on June 5

Four Arab countries triggered the Qatar-Gulf crisis by cutting their ties with Qatar on Monday June 5 (all times local Doha time)

Here is how it all unfolded:

5:50am – Bahrain cuts ties with Qatar

6am – Saudi cuts ties with Qatar

6:10am – UAE, Egypt cut ties with Qatar

8:35am – Etihad suspends flights from Tuesday

9:55am – Qatar’s official reaction

10am – US urges GCC unity

  • Tillerson does not expect the rift “to have any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism”.

10:20am – Emirates flights cancelled from Tuesday

10:45am – Yemen cuts ties with Qatar

  • Yemen’s internationally recognised government cuts relations with Qatar and says it supports the decision by the Saudi-led coalition to end Qatar’s participation in the war on the Houthis in Yemen. Qatar has been part of the coalition since March 2015.

  • The government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi says it severed ties with Qatar in part over its support of extremist groups in Yemen “in contradiction with the goals announced by the countries supporting the legitimate government”.

11:05am – FlyDubai flights cancelled from Tuesday

  • The carrier said on Monday that, starting Tuesday, all flights would be suspended. It offered no other details.

12:10pm – Saudia flights suspended from Monday

  • The airline, also known as Saudia, posted on Twitter that it would be halting flights from Monday morning, without elaborating.

1:15pm – Air Arabia flights suspended from Tuesday

  • Air Arabia, a low-cost airline based in the United Arab Emirates, says it is suspending flights to Qatar along with other Emirati airlines over a growing diplomatic crisis.

1:20pm – Updates from FIFA

1:30pm – Saudi border line up

2pm – Saudi closes border with Qatar

2:50pm – Libya’s Haftar cuts ties with Qatar

  • The faction led by Khalifa Haftar, one of three rival governments in Libya, announced it was cutting ties with Qatar.

3:10pm – Egypt recalls ambassador

3:15pm – Maldives cuts ties with Qatar

3:30pm – Iran calls for dialogue

3:30pm – UAE port to turn away Qatar-bound vessels

4pm – Iran’s food ‘can reach in 12 hours’

  • Food shipments sent from Iran can reach Qatar in 12 hours, said Reza Nourani, chairman of the union of exporters of agricultural products.

4:40pm – Turkey expresses ‘sorrow’

  • Turkey is ready to help however it can to bring the disputes to a manageable level, said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking at a joint news conference in Ankara.

5:10pm – Egypt suspends air and sea links

5:40pm – No Qatari vessels allowed in Saudi ports

6:25pm –  Saudi shuts Al Jazeera office 

6:30pm – Israel praises anti-Qatar moves

  • Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defence minister, has praised the measures against Qatar, saying: “There is no doubt that this opens very many possibilities of cooperation in the struggle against terror.”

7:30pm – Egypt airspace to close on Tuesday

8pm – US military has ‘no plans’ for change

  • The US military’s Central Command says it has “no plans to change our posture in Qatar” amid a Gulf diplomatic crisis. Major Adrian JT Rankine-Galloway said in a statement that US military aircraft continue to fly missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria from Qatar’s Al-Udeid airbase.

8:30pm – Turkey is seeking to resolve Gulf spat

8:30pm – Saudi banks asked to sell Qatari Riyals

10:40pm – Kuwait calls for restraint

  • Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah has called Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and “urged him for restraint and not to take any measure that could escalate” the situation in the Gulf, according to the state-run KUNA news agency.