Riyadh, June 16: Al-Qaeda, a terrorist organisation, has reportedly hit out at Gulf and Arab countries for boycotting Qatar and extended support to Muslim Brotherhood. According to a report of Al-Arabia, Al-Qaeda condemned the boycott of Qatar in its latest propaganda titled “the mask has fallen,” broadcasted on its media subsidiary Al-Sahab. A report published in Al-Qaeda’s Al-Masra newspaper said the boycott of Qatar was the result of its role in Yemen and support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al-Qaeda leader in the Arabian Peninsula/Yemen (AQAP) leader Khalid Batarfi described the boycott of Qatar as a ‘war against Islam and Muslims’. Batarfi also asked Islamic scholars, preachers, movements and organisations to ‘incite and encourage the jihad and dismiss nationalist patriotic sentiment’, reported Al-Arabia. “We advise all of those who flattered the tyrants and justified their crime to fear God and regret their actions. The tyrants don’t believe in the channels of communications,” Batarfi said.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mauritania last week severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar has rejected the accusations as “unjustified” and “baseless”. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain also designated 59 individuals and 12 institutions that have financed terrorist organisations and received support from Qatar.