The Compensation Claims Committee continues to receive, on a daily basis, cases of both Qataris and expatriates affected by the blockade.
Simultaneously, the applications for claims are being reviewed and classified by legal experts on the basis of the nature of individual cases to ascertain the suitable course of action, according to local Arabic daily Arrayah.
A source told the daily that the committee recently received some 163 claims as well as enquiries (calls) in a day from investors, GCC citizens, Qataris who have faced Haj-related difficulties and students. The cases also pertain to the problems encountered by owners of livestock as well as those owning real estate in the blockading countries, who no longer have access to their possessions.
Ahmed, an Omani living in Doha, said he has filed a claim with the committee as he is unable to renew the registration of his vehicle in Oman. Going by road is the only option for him because of the high costs involved in shipping the car, but he is unable to do so because the land border is closed.
Hamad al-Ahmad, a Qatari student of law at Ajman University, the UAE, wondered how such a blockade could be imposed as the people of the GCC region have always considered each other friends and brothers.
Stressing that his plans of graduating soon have been hit hard by the blockade, he said his financial losses amounted to QR500,000. This is in addition to the study time lost after he was expelled from the university for being a Qatari.
Mohamed Jassim al-Hamad, another citizen, said he had to cancel his plans for Umrah due to the blockade. Also, he estimates his losses to be worth more than QR5mn as he has money, property and under-construction buildings in Bahrain, which he cannot access or follow up on due to the current situation.