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The Qatar blockade

All GCC teams are playing in the Arabian Gulf Cup in Doha, despite the blockade against Qatar. But what led to the rift?

All GCC nations have sent teams to participate in the Arabian Gulf Cup in Doha after Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE initially boycotted the games.

The football tournament is happening despite an ongoing land, sea and air blockade on Qatar, which Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed in June 2017.

But the rift started long before then. Here is what happened.

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