Libya air strike
Black smoke billows from a warehouse after an airstrike in Zawura.Reuters

Amid disputes over Egyptian air strikes in Libya, Qatar has recalled its ambassador in Cairo "for consultations", according to the state news agency QNA. The Egyptian envoy had criticised Qatar for expressing reservations over the air strikes in Libya, which is what reportedly prompted the recall.

Tareq Adel, the ambassador had not only expressed disapproval over Qatar's reservations over the Egyptian air strikes in Libya and also accused Doha of supporting terrorism and deviating from Arab consensus, reports Reuters.

Egyptian jets started bombing ISIS-populated areas in Libya with F-16s on Monday, a day after the militant group released a gruesome video which show the apparent beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. According to Al Jazeera, at least seven people were killed in the air strikes after Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to "punish" those responsible for the be-headings.

The diplomatic row between the Egypt and Qatar could possibly revive a rift within the oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council countries that had prompted Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE to withdraw their ambassadors from Doha last year over its perceived support for Islamists.

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