Seven Egyptian Islamist figures, including members and allies of the Muslim Brotherhood, have been asked to leave Qatar this week, according to sources close to the Islamist group.
The Masr Al-Arabiya news website, known for being close to the Brotherhood, as well as the Turkish Anadolu news agency, quoted Brotherhood sources confirming that Islamic preacher Wagdi Ghoneim in addition to Amr Darrag, Gamal Abdel-Sattar, Essam Teleima, Ashraf Badr El-Din, Mahmoud Hussein and Hamza Zawbaa — all either members of the Brotherhood or its now defunct political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) — were asked to leave the country.
FJP figure Darrag released a statement, published by Ikhwanweb, saying "We appreciate the great role of the State of Qatar in supporting the Egyptian people in their revolution against the military junta."
He added: "In order to avoid causing any embarrassment for the State of Qatar, which we found to be a very welcoming and supportive host, some symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing — the Freedom and Justice Party — who were asked by authorities to move their residence outside the State of Qatar, have now honoured that request."
Qatar, known to be a strong supporter of the Brotherhood, has come under attack by Egypt and its neighbouring Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for backing the Islamist group.
Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July, many Brotherhood figures and allies have fled Egypt, mostly to Qatar or Turkey.
Thousands of Brotherhood members and allies, including Morsi and Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, are now behind bars facing numerous charges.