An Arabic report by the local daily Al-Arab is claiming that the United Arab Emirates inhumanely arrested three Qatari citizens traveling to the country for tourism and to visit relatives. Now, reports are coming out about them being tortured in prison. No reason has been given for the arrests and the men have not been able to visit their families. Relations between the two Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) member countries have been strained because of foreign policy disagreements about potential support for the new government in Egypt. While Qatar was a financial and political supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, the UAE backed Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. In March, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain withdrew their diplomats from Qatar.
Now, the news of these arrests will probably only put fuel to the fire that was caused by the conviction of the Qatari doctor Mahmood al-Jaidah in March. He was arrested for supporting an illegal organization which the UAE declined to name, but was assumed to be the Muslim Brotherhood. Jaidah’s 7 year jail sentence was highly criticized as unfair by international observers. There are reports and claims that these Qataris are being tortured in prison. Read more about the details at Middle East Eye.