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Qatari Sheikh Abdullah hospitalised in Kuwait

Qatari Sheikh Abdullah hospitalised in Kuwait
From Al Jazeera - January 16, 2018

A member of the Qatari royal family, who was allegedly detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been transferred to a hospital shortly after his arrival to Kuwait.

Sources told Al Jazeera that Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani wasseen in a wheelchair when arrived in Kuwait from the UAE.

Abdullah's brother, Sheikh Khalid, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that his sibling's health deteriorated due to exhaustion and pressure he was exposed to under Emirati authorities.

Sheikh Khalid added that his brother is now in stable condition and should be leaving the hospital soon.

On January 14, Sheikh Abdullah released a video statement, saying he was a "prisoner" in the UAE, and that if anything happened to him, "Sheikh Mohammed" is responsible.

While he did not specify, Abdullah appeared to be referring to Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

"I am currently in Abu Dhabi. I was a guest of Sheikh Mohammed. I am no longer a guest; I am a prisoner," he said in the video, which was widely circulated on social media.

"They told me not to leave. I am afraid that anything could happen to me, and the people of Qatar would be blamed. So I just wanted to inform you that if anything happens to me, the people of Qatar are innocent," he added.

Sheikh Abdullah rose to prominence suddenly last summer, when a major diplomatic crisis broke out in the Gulf.

After Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar in June, Sheikh Abdullah appeared frequently on Saudi and UAE television programmes expressing his views in support of the measures against Doha.

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