Bahrain to revoke passports of citizens stepping into Qatari Soil
June 20, Doha: The Interior Minister of Bahrain, Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifah on Tuesday issued an order to which the passport of any Bahraini citizen who travels to Qatar, resides there, or even crosses Qatari soil en route to other countries, would be revoked. The violators of the ban would also be banned from applying for a new passport.
Bahrain, the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of supporting terrorism. They aslo halted sea, air, and land traffic with Qatar.
Qatari citizens were also prohibited from entering Bahrain, and all Qataris living in Bahrain were given 14 days to leave. Bahraini government also publicized that it would jail anyone expressing sympathy for Qatar over the sanctions enforced on the country by the Saudi-led bloc of countries.
Bahrain’s decision came just a day after the Emirates implemented a similar measure and warned that sympathy towards Qatar could land individuals in jail for up to 15 years.
The Oslo Times International News Network