Kuwait: Social media swells sectarian stress

Published June 28th, 2016 - 01:46 GMT
The Kuwaiti emir does not "like" the increased use of social media to ignite sectarian differences. (Shutterstock)
The Kuwaiti emir does not "like" the increased use of social media to ignite sectarian differences. (Shutterstock)

Kuwait’s ruler warned on Monday against the abuse of social media to stoke sectarian tensions in the Gulf Arab country, which has a mixed Sunni and Shia population.

“What we are living through and seeing is the misuse of social media tools ... to spread enmity and hatred,” Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said in a message published by state news agency KUNA to mark the last 10 days of Ramadan.

“My brothers and my children, we remember with grief the terrorist bombing at the Imam Al-Sadiq mosque ... the goal of its planning and execution in their satanic way was to ignite strife, division and prejudice among members of Kuwaiti society,” the emir added, in rare remarks on sectarianism.

Historically, relations between Kuwait’s Sunnis, who make up between 70 and 85 percent of the country’s 1.4 million citizens, and its minority Shia community have been mostly amicable, according to Reuters.


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