Qatar. A fiery conflict with Egypt re-emerged in
February, when Cairo accused Qatar of supporting terrorism.
The reason was Doha's protests against an Egyptian air
strike against jihadists in Libya. Qatar responded by
temporarily calling its ambassador home. The contradictions
had otherwise been muted after Qatar expressed its support
for Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi after
previously supporting his overthrowing representative
COUNTRYAAH, Qatar took part in an alliance led by Saudi Arabia, which
launched a march against Yemen in March. The attacks were
aimed at the Shiite Muslim skin movement that has occupied
large parts of Yemen. In early September, mainly Qatar and
Saudi Arabia also sent ground forces to the country to
support troops loyal to the deposed President Abd al-Rahman
The terms of the approximately 1.5 million guest workers
in Qatar were again highlighted in a critical report from
the ILO working organization. The UN agency found that the
foreign workers were almost viable and had difficulty
leaving the country or changing employers. The guest workers
make up a large majority of the country's residents.
A violent storm caused problems in November, when more
rain fell in a few hours than it normally does in a year.
Streets in Doha were submerged and many shops and schools
were forced to close.