By: Agence France-Presse
Saudi Arabia, which is main a four-country blockade of Gulf neighbour Qatar, on Thursday accused Doha of being behind over 23,000 Twitter accounts it blames for attempting to stoke dissent in Saudi Arabia.
“We found over 23,000 Twitter accounts driven by Qatar, some of them linked to accounts calling for ‘revolution’ in Saudi Arabia,” Information Minister Awwad Saleh al-Awwad advised AFP throughout a go to to Paris.
They included the @mujtahidd account, which claims to have the within monitor on the Saudi royal family and has over 1.eight million followers, he mentioned.
The account, which has backed Qatar, claimed that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates had set out to overthrow Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani however determined in opposition to after coming beneath strain from the United States, an ally of each Riyadh and Doha.
Al-Awwad accused a London-based Saudi dissident, Saad al-Faqih, of being behind the account, “together with Qatar”.
While some of @mujtahidd’s claims have confirmed false, it reported the death of Saudi King Abdullah in 2015 just a few hours earlier than the information was formally introduced.
Some of the opposite accounts recognized by Riyadh as being Qatari proxies have been behind requires protests by the jobless on April 21, he mentioned.
In the tip, there have been no main demonstrations in Qatar, with police flooding the capital.
Further requires protests in the course of the holy fasting month of Ramadan additionally went largely unheeded.
“They failed,” al-Awwad declared.
His remarks got here as Saudi Arabia vowed to push on with its month-old boycott of Qatar after the emirate refused to meet an inventory of calls for to finish the diplomatic disaster.
These embrace Doha ending assist for the Muslim Brotherhood and shutting its flagship broadcaster Al-Jazeera.
Saudi Arabia and its supporters have severed air, sea and floor hyperlinks with Qatar, reducing off very important routes for imports together with meals.
Qatar has dismissed the calls for as “unrealistic”.(AFP)