A crisis in the Persian Gulf began last week when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries severed relations with Qatar. These governments accused the tiny country of destabilizing the region by supporting terrorist groups — an allegation Qatari officials deny.

In a news conference Friday in Washington, President Trump said Qatar historically has been a “funder of terrorism at a very high level” and called the action against the country “hard but necessary.”

Trump calls Qatar a 'funder of terrorism' (Reuters)

Many media outlets in the region — government-owned and independent — have adopted the anti-Qatar stance of their respective governments and began echoing some of Trump's remarks. As the crisis entered its second week, here's a look at what some newspapers are saying.

Saudi Arabia's Mecca Al Mukaramah newspaper printed a photo of Trump on its front page, with a red headline: "Qatar has a history of funding terrorism, has to stop." Al-Jazira newspaper also quoted Trump, warning that "Qatar must stop its terrorism or accept its downfall."

"Qatar adopts antagonist policies towards gulf countries, undermining their sovereignty to destabilize their security,'' added the leading Saudi newspaper, Al Riyadh.

In the United Arab Emirates, Al Khaleej newspaper described the steps taken against Qatar as "harsh" but "necessary to set the limits for the Qatari leadership's stubbornness and insistence on destabilizing Persian Gulf countries."

The government's announcement that supporting Qatar on social media will be treated as a cybercrime, with a possible 15-year penalty, also dominated headlines. Bahrain issued a similar statement last week.

In Egypt, the privately owned Youm7 newspaper described Qatar as "the state of terrorism" and accused the banned Qatari Al Jazeera channel of being "the spokesperson of Qaeda and ISIS."  The state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper said that "Arab patience has come to an end regarding Qatar's utilizing of Al Jazeera to incite against Arab states to destabilize them," accusing the Qatari leadership of using the channel "to serve its own ends and orchestrate diplomatic attacks against other Arab states to spread fear and chaos among their citizens."

Meanwhile in Kuwait, which is trying to mediate the crisis and ease tensions, mainstream media expressed concern about the crisis. The Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper called the blockade "shocking."

On the other side of the dispute, mainstream media in Qatar also used language similar to statements issued by the government there.

On its front page Monday, Al Raya seemed to ignore the crisis, focusing instead on the emir's Ramadan iftar "in honor of the Royal Family in Qatar.'' Headlines in Al-Watan newspaper quoted the Qatari foreign minister as saying "No compromise. No surrender," and that "the crisis threatens the safety of the whole region."

And on Al Jazeera, a Qatari analyst blamed the crisis on the "Riyadh Summit," which Trump attended with a number of other presidents and heads of states of Muslim countries in the Saudi capital last month.

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