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Opponents of blockading countries: Refugees in West, while terrorists in Qatar 

How it comes that the West exerts pressure on Qatar to classify the political opponents of the three blockading countries as terrorists, while its countries grant asylum to them as freedom fighters?!, wondered the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman. 

"In the West, thousands of the boycotting countries’ opponents have been granted asylum and supported as victims of state repression and as freedom fighters," said Karman in a statement on her Facebook page, wondering how these political opponents are seen as terrorists by the countries of the Saudi-led bloc. 

She denounced the Western pressure on Qatar to classify political opponents as terrorists, while at the same time they are dealt with in the west as rights and freedom strugglers. 

The Gulf region is experiencing considerable internal tension following the severing of all diplomatic relations and border closure between Qatar from one side and the three Arab Gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain from another side. 

On June 23, 2017, the Saudi-led bloc issued a 13-point demand list in exchange for the end of the anti-Qatar measures and gave a 10-day deadline, which ends on July 3.

The list included, among others, that Qatar shut down the Al Jazeera media network, close a Turkish military base and scale down ties with Iran.