A senior correspondent in a Saudi Arabia based news network accused Qatar of witchcraft in his tweets stirring a backlash on the social networking website, Twitter, in which his remarks were met with sarcasm under the hashtag “Qatar deals with genies”.
The witty tweets under the hashtag “Qatar deals with genies” was created in the aftermath of tweets by al-Arabiya's Khalil Walid Abajoud accusing Doha of “conjuring spirits” to assist it in its dispute with neighbouring Gulf countries, al-Jazeera reported.
"Sorcerers from Senegal and Mauritania get millions of dollars after sheikhs in Qatar offer to bring down spirits and harness genies to solve the crisis," wrote Abajoud in his tweet. On June 5 Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar over the allegations of having close ties with Iran, and funding “terrorism”, which Qatar has repeatedly denied. Qatar was offered to resume its ties with Saudi Arabia and the rest of the countries if it agrees to come to terms with their demands, including shutting down the al-Jazeera Media Network. Human rights agencies have accused the Saudi-led group for enforcing their demands and lessening the press freedom in the region. Many Twitter users have displayed Qatari flags on their profiles in solidarity with the country and have responded to allegations of “sorcery and witchcraft” with humour.
مشعوذون من السينغال و موريتانيايحصلون على ملايين الدولارات بعد تواصلهم مع شيوخ في قطر عرضوا عليهم استنزال الأرواح وتسخير الجن لحل الأزمةJuly 8, 2017
OMG can't stop laughing!! ???? #قطر_تتعامل_بالجن pic.twitter.com/CB7Ayc22Uq — جواهر الشيبه (@JojoQa) July 9, 2017
A shot from my office this morning. Just a typical Qatari employees desk. Nothing special. #قطر_تتعامل_بالجن pic.twitter.com/w108G7sADr — Ali The Ansari (@AliTheAnsari) July 9, 2017
Guys omg it's actually real! #قطر_تتعامل_بالجن pic.twitter.com/6EXeFe6QHq — Maha Al-Ansari (@MahaAlAnsari) July 9, 2017
im starting to believe about the news this morning! i even witness the magic myself...LOL! ????#istandwithqatar #قطر_تتعامل_بالجن pic.twitter.com/bbCvsayCS2 — rhain lee (@gorgeous_rhain) July 10, 2017