Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as tensions escalate in the region over accusations Doha sponsors terrorism.
A Saudi official cited by SPA said the country decided to "sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, and to close all land, sea and aviation ports".
Summer conditions in Qatar are horrific for livestock, especially those conditioned to winter in their country of origin. Onboard heat crashes in sheep are well reported in this region eg >4000 in the Bader III in Sept 2013 and >3000 on an Emmanuels ship in July last year. And thats just the onboard figures..we have no information from the feedlots after unloading...
So, looks like our sheep might get a reprieve heading into the 2017 Middle East summer, as Doha unlikely to be on the destination list for ships planning to visit other Middle Eastern ports.