Social media users have hit back with humour and their own list of grievances after reports emerged that Saudi Arabia and its allies issued a list of demands.
Almost immediately after the Saudi-led bloc’s 13-point list of demands was made public on Friday, some Twitter users began posting their reactions under the hashtag “the list is refused”.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on June 5 over allegations the country funds “terrorism” and is too close to Iran – allegations Qatar has repeatedly denied.
Their steep list of demands, published by news agencies on Friday, includes calls on Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera Media Network, close a Turkish military base, scale down ties with Iran, and pay an unspecified sum in compensation.
Qatar now has 10 days to comply, according to the reports.
Dana Shell Smith the Former Ambassador to Qatar and diplomat for 25 years on his Twitter handle @AmbDana tweet
— Dana Shell Smith (@AmbDana) June 20, 2017
Everyone who values freedom of thought must speak out clearly against Saudi Arabia's outrageous demand that Qatar destroy al-Jazeera.
— Antoine Doinel 🌹 (@Ant0ineD0inel) June 23, 2017
World Reacts to the ridiculous demand by Saudi Arabia and UAE to shutdown Qatar based Aljazeera Media Outlet. pic.twitter.com/aejFVJeyvl
— #IstandWithQatar (@IstandWithQatar) June 23, 2017
Saudi demand to Qatar to close down Al Jazeera TV is v disturbing. Sounds like the kind of idea the new Crown Prince Mohammed comes up with
— John Simpson (@JohnSimpsonNews) June 23, 2017