- Title: Mixed opinions from Doha residents regarding food shortage
- Date: 6th June 2017
- Summary: DOHA, QATAR (JUNE 6, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE INSIDE LOCAL SUPERMARKET STACKED FOOD ITEMS INSIDE SUPERMARKET GOODS ON SHELVES SUPERMARKET EMPLOYEE STANDING BEHIND STACKS OF FOOD ITEMS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHOPPER, JAYESH, SAYING: "First day there was a little bit panic because of the news all of a sudden coming on news and BBC. People got panic diffidently. The only shortage I can see is the milk. Otherwise, I don't think there is any shortage or... nothing unusual." VARIOUS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS ON DISPLAY / SHOPPERS AND SUPERMARKET EMPLOYEE SHOPPERS BROWSING (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED SHOPPER, SAYING: "I've come today and I am feeling that there's shortage of fresh chicken, which we eat quite often. So, now we are looking for other options because of the shortage. Fresh milk is another thing that I feel the shortage of." MEAT ITEMS IN FRIDGE MAN SELECTING FRUITS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHOPPER, IBRAHIM, SAYING: "We are not afraid [of shortage] because they can manage it, the Qatar government can manage it, inshallah." SHOPPERS GATHERED AROUND HOT FOOD SECTION FOOD ITEMS ON DISPLAY SHOPPERS AT HOT FOOD SECTION FISH COUNTER FISH ON DISPLAY / SHOP EMPLOYEE WEIGHING FISH ON SCALE VARIOUS OF MEAT COUNTER SHOPPERS AT CHECKOUT TILL VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR AND FLAG OF DOHA BANK VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF COMMERCIAL BANK AND FLAGS VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF QIB BANK
- Embargoed: 20th June 2017 18:28
- Location: DOHA, QATAR / RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- City: DOHA, QATAR / RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
- Country: Qatar
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016K55KJR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Residents of Doha, Qatar expressed mixed opinions regarding food shortages on Tuesday (June 6) as a diplomatic spat grew between the country and several other Gulf States.
The Arab world's biggest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday (June 5), accusing it of support for Islamist militants and Iran, and reopening a festering wound two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump's demand for Muslim states to fight terrorism.
Since Qatar depends heavily on importing its food requirements, the news spurred fears among residents that the closing of Saudi border might cause supply shortages.
However, residents said that although there was an initial panic on hearing the news there is only a shortage of certain items like milk and fresh chicken.
Qatar has a local poultry production, but it also imports fresh poultry from UAE and Saudi Arabia. The country imports fresh milk and dairy products from neighboring Saudi Arabia.
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