Qatar claims the Arab nations that cut ties with it are only concerned with attacking its image and reputation.
It accuses Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain of using terrorism as a “publicity stunt” to mask their true objective.
“The blockade has been ongoing for two weeks and the blockading nations have offered no formula for resolving the crisis,” Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed al-Thani, Director of Qatar’s Government Communications Office, says in a statement.
“It is unfortunate that our neighbors have chosen to invest their time and resources in a baseless propaganda campaign… The blockading nations are using terrorism as a publicity stunt.”
The four countries accuse Qatar of fomenting instability in the Middle East, funding terrorism and cosying up to Shi’te power Iran, accusations that Qatar denies.
Many citizens affected by the ongoing rift have since filed complaints with Qatar’s human rights watchdog.
“We have been receiving over 100 complaints a day,” NHRC’s Saad al-Abdulla, told Al Jazeera.
“In the first week we had 700 complaints. In the last four or five days the numbers have risen significantly.”
Most of the complainants have been forced to abandon businesses and careers built across borders.