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>>
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usands of stranded camels have been reunited with their owners. The beasts were stuck without food or water at a frontier between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Shocked because of a feud among Arab powers.>>
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> This is against camels and against Bedouins who raise camels.>> The border was briefly opened on Tuesday.
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Reuters Tom Finn in Doha's been speaking to the animals' owners.>> It was quite a chaotic scene on the border. Thousands of camels were galloping across into Qatar, having been stranded on the other side of the border for a week. And Quatarese were waiting in their four by fours.
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And then when they saw the camels that they recognized as being theirs, they jumped out and would try to gather the camels together and to take them back to Doha. And I also spoke to people who were quite emotional and relieved that they'd found their camels.>> On the 5th of June, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states decided to cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar.
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That's because of the tiny state's alleged support for Islamist militancy, something Qatar denies.>> In the Arab Gulf in general, camels have been very important animals. Before there was an explosion of welfare and they discovered oil and natural gas, people were just living in the desert. And they relied on the meat and the milk from these camels to survive.
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And even though people now drive around Doha in Ferraris and four by fours, a lot of people also own camels, and are very proud of a part of owning those camels.>> The dispute has so far disrupted trade, split families, and raised fears of military conflict in the Gulf region.
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For these tribesmen, having their animals back means they can continue to look after their families. Relieved, they implore Gulf leaders not to involve them in their political fight.