Dubai: The deadline for Qataris to leave neighbouring Gulf Arab states has come into effect as the diplomatic standoff persists despite multiple mediation efforts.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and announced that Qatari residents would have 14 days to leave. The deadline was Monday.
Officials later clarified there would be exceptions for mixed-nationality families in the Gulf.
Still, the United Nations human rights chief and rights groups such as Amnesty International have criticised the expulsion of Qataris, saying there are people who risk losing their jobs and students who cannot sit for exams.
Gulf Arab states, outraged by Qatar's support of Islamists, accuse it of backing terror groups. Qatar says the allegations are politically motivated and that it denounces terrorism.