Head of al-Murrah tribe confirms Qatar revokes family’s citizenship

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The head of the al-Murrah tribe in Qatar, Sheikh Taleb bin Lahom bin Shreim, has confirmed that Doha has revoked his citizenship along with 54 of his relatives and warned his country’s embrace of Iran.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Sheikh Taleb said the actions of the Qatari authorities has not surprised him.

“The Qatari authorities have become a source of haven for terrorists and their sponsors, and the subject of discussion is much bigger than nationality. It is a big attack on Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states,” he told Al Arabiya.

Saudi Arabia’s National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has said that Qatar revoked the citizenships of 54 members directly related to Sheikh Taleb’s branch of the family, including 18 women and their children.

“This violating all principles of human rights, exposing them as diasporas and displacing them, similar to an action in the past when the Qatari government itself in 2005 took action against more than 6,000 of its citizens and displaced them by withdrawing their nationality without any justification or reason consistent with international standards,” NSHR said in a statement made available to Al Arabiya.

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