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Slowing withdrawals of deposits from Qatari banks permitted Qatar's government to stop pumping money into the banks last month to shield them from sanctions imposed by other Arab countries, central bank data showed Tuesday.The deposits dropped by 4.2 billion riyals to 298.4 billion riyals last month, after increasing by 7.2 billion riyals in September and rising by more than three times that amount in each of the previous three months.Qatari banks owed banks outside the country 171.7 billion riyals in October, up from 169.5 billion riyals in September; it was the first increase since the sanctions were imposed.The banks owed 37.5 billion riyals to the central bank last month, up from 35.6 billion riyals in September and just 3.4 billion riyals before the sanctions.
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