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FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 file photo, a traditional dhow floats in the Corniche Bay of Doha, Qatar, with tall buildings of the financial district in the background. Qatar, now facing a diplomatic crisis with other Arab nations, is a small country with a big history of turmoil and coups as it became one of the world's top suppliers of natural gas and now plans to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

Iran sent planes full of food to Qatar amid a blockade by other Gulf nations


Five planes from Iran filled with food were sent to Qatar amid a blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations, reports CNN

The planes were reportedly filled with vegetables, fresh fruit, and legumes. Iran said it plans on sending 100 tons of each to Qatar, which is heavily dependent on imports. 

"So far five planes carrying ... vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tonnes of cargo, while another plane will be sent today," Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last Monday amid accusations that the small nation was helping finance terrorism in the Middle East. 

On Sunday, Qatar announced that around 11,000 citizens from those gulf nations would be allowed to remain in the country. 

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