The fall - out between the Saudi-led Sunni Muslim block and Qatar, which we have reported on in recent weeks, reportedly escalated over the weekend, with the government of Quatar protesting to the UN over the Saudis preventing its citizens flying to Mecca, and the Saudi monarchy threatening "war" over what it call a bid to “internationalize the holy sites” in Mecca and Medina.
“Qatar's request to internationalize the holy sites is an aggressive act and a declaration of war against the kingdom,” al-Jubeir told the Al Arabiya channel, adding, that Saudi Arabia “reserve the right to respond to any party” promoting such demands.
It was not immediately clear when such a move was suggested, as the government of Qatar has not made any demand that Islam's two holiest sites be placed under international oversight. Al-Arabiya reported that Qatari media raised the idea in response to the Saudi's new rules for Qataris travelling to Mecca and the air blockade on Doha.
On Saturday, Qatar’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) lodged a complaint with the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of belief and religion over what it called a “stark violation of international law and agreements that guarantee the right to worship.”
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