It all started with the hacking of Qatar News Agency (QNA) on May 24 2017 at 12:13am, after which fake news and statements attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani started to make rounds. Soon, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Thani, CEO of Qatar Media Corporation, confirmed that the statements were fabricated by the hackers and revealed that cyber crime was committed by an unknown entity.
The investigations reaffirmed that the agency was hacked, The FBI team investigated the security breach by hackers and further investigation revealed the involvement of UAE. “The Washington Post revealed the involvement of UAE and senior Emirati officials in the hacking of QNA,” Qatar’s government communication office said in a statement on Monday (July 17).
The four nations Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar. Qatar replied by saying there is “no justification for the cutting of ties”. The air, land and sea routes were blocked to Qatar.
Kuwait’s Emir enters the fray in a bid to negotiate between the two parties. Meanwhile, Turkish exporters assure to supply the necessary food items to Qatar. The Turkish Parliament passes special law to send troops to Qatar.
Blockading countries warn its citizens with serious consequences for expressing sympathy with Qatar on social media.
Qatar says that it will not ask people from blockading countries to vacate.
Qatar’s FM calls the sanctions as ‘unfair’ and ‘illegal’.
Qatar strongly says that shut down of Al Jazeera will not even be considered.
Qatar Airways announces that the international routes have not been affected by the blockade.
Qatar and US sign a $12bn deal for buying F-15 jets. NHRC releases a report which said that more than 13,000 Qatari citizens have been affected by the illegal blockade.
Blockading states issue a list of 13 demands to Qatar.
Qatar rejects the 13-point demand list terming it “neither reasonable nor actionable”.
Qatar’s Defence Minister HE Khaled Al Attiyah says the illegal blockade on Qatar is a declaration of war.
Qatar’s FM says that the list of demands were meant to be rejected.
Kuwait requests for an extension for Qatar to respond to the demands, a 48 hours of extension was granted by the Arab states.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives in Qatar to try to defuse Gulf tensions.
Qatar forms Compensation Claims Committee to seek compensation for damage from the blockade.
Tillerson arrives to the region in order to reduce the tensions between the parties. Qatar signs a landmark deal with the US to combat terrorism
The Washington Post breaks the scoop story revealing that the UAE was behind hacking of Qatar News Agency. Egypt ends visa-free entry for Qatari citizens.
Blockading countries change their 13 demands to six principles.
Qatar provides evidence that the QNA website was hacked from the UAE.
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani addresses the nation via TV and also issues a decree amending some provisions of a law on ‘combating terrorism.’
After several Qatari pilgrims face trouble in performing Haj, Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of politicising the Haj.
Siege countries speak of a possible dialogue with Qatar for the first time, only if Qatar fulfilled certain conditions.
Qatar files a formal complaint with the WTO over the blockade.
Qatar signs a €5bn deal for navy vessels from Italy.
Qatar’s cabinet approves a draft law to grant permanent residency status to expatriates, subject to them fulfilling some criteria.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agree on rejecting the isolation of Qatar under siege for two months.