Qatar Just Seemed to Rip into its Allies and Social Media is in Meltdown

Published May 24th, 2017 - 10:57 GMT
US President Donald Trump (R) and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani take part in a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
US President Donald Trump (R) and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani take part in a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

People have been freaking out after it was reported that the Qatari Emir had made controversial comments on Iran, Hamas/Hezbollah and the United States.

Overnight the state-run Qatar News Agency published unprecedented statements apparently given by the Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. These include suggestions that “there is no wisdom in harboring hostility towards Iran,” claims that Trump’s administration “won’t last long” and (not so) subtle digs at Qatar’s Saudi allies.

Arab social media was set alight as khaleejis went into meltdown over the claims.

Traitor to the Arabs.

[Qatar is shown stabbing “the Gulf” in the back]

Qatar quickly issued a statement claiming that the station had been hacked and denying the comments attributed to the Emir.

However, some Saudi channels continued to report the statements as fact, and the Emirates reportedly banned Qatar-owned AlJazeera network. The hashtag Qatar denies while Al-Arabiya barks” has been trending on Wednesday morning, referring to the Saudi-based Al-Arabiya network, which apparently took Emir Tamim's 'words' at face value.

وش صاير ?? #قطر_تسحب_سفراء_الخليج

 

The result of this battle for media coverage is that no-one seems to know what on Earth is going on...

What is happening? #QatarWithdrawsItsAmbassadorsFromTheGulf

In the mist of the chaos, Twitter users took their seats to watch the chaos unfold...

 

And some couldn’t help making a joke out of the whole ridiculous situation...

 

 

Although others were more philosophical about the “fake news age”.

This latest furor over fake news comes after Qatar last week claimed it was the target of a media smear campaign ahead of US President Trump's visit to the Gulf.

RA


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