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Qatar strips 15,000 Qataris of citizenship
7/29/2005 9:00:00 AM GMT
By Santosh in Doha, Qatar
Amid disgraceful scenes at the Qatar Saudi Arabia border, stranded Qatari citizens are unable to enter Qatar after the Qatari authorities stripped them of citizenship.
These new refugees have lost all property and saving in Qatar. Members of the Al-Murra tribe have been most hit. This is a clear violation of International law based on UN and Geneva Conventions.
Saudi press reports linked the removal of citizenship to the loyalty of members of the Ghufran clan - a branch of the Al-Murra tribe - to Qatar's deposed emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani. He was toppled by his son and present ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, in a June 1995 palace coup.
The present ruler has been heavily criticized in the regional press for warming ties with Israel and the continued use of slavery in Qatar. Most recently Qatar has courted Israel in an effort to secure a rotating 2 year seat on the UN Security Council.
Other developments with Israel include:
The Emir of Qatar had visited Israel and signed an agreement for the export of Oil and Gas to Israel.
Large amounts of Israeli goods are beginning to flood the Qatari domestic market.