UAE bans expressions of sympathy toward Qatar

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On Wednesday, The United Arab Emirates has banned people from publishing expressions of sympathy toward Qatar and will punish offenders with a jail term of up to 15 years, reported.

On Monday, The United Arab Emirates, along with several other powerful Arab states, severed diplomatic ties with fellow Gulf state Qatar over its alleged support for Islamist groups and Iran. Qatar denies the accusations.

U.S. President Donald Trump took sides in the profound break in the Arab world on Tuesday, commending Middle East nations’ activities against Qatar, however later talked by telephone with Saudi King Salman and focused on the requirement for Gulf solidarity.

“Strict and firm move will be made against any individual who indicates sensitivity or any type of predisposition toward Qatar, or against any individual who articles to the position of the United Arab Emirates, regardless of whether it be through the methods for online networking, or any kind of composed, visual or verbal frame,” UAE Attorney-General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi as saying.

On top of a conceivable prison term, guilty parties would likewise be hit with a fine of no less than 500,000 dirhams, the daily paper stated, refering to an announcement to Arabic-dialect media.

Since the discretionary column ejected, trademarks against and in support of Qatar have been among the top themes talked about on Twitter in Arabic, which is an immensely prevalent medium of expression in the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia.

Newspapers and television channels in the region have also been engaged in a war of words over Qatar’s role.

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