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Posted On: 25 September 2017 12:00 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:18 pm

Egyptian news outlet misconstrues Qatar celebrations as protests

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A prominent daily newspaper in Egypt, Youm7, Tweeted links last night to several fake news stories that decried yesterday's welcome celebrations for HH The Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as protests against His Highness and the Qatari government.

Pictures of a welcome party greeting His Highness on the tarmac at Hamad International Airport, and crowds of supporters surrounding His Highness's motorcade along Doha's Corniche, were accompanied by text that claimed what viewers were seeing in the photos were protests and uprisings.

The news articles also went on to state unequivocally false allegations that Turkish military forces were brought in to forcefully remove the alleged protesters. A separate Tweet by Youm7 also linked to an article alleging that His Highness had visited Israel for meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Yesterday's celebrations saw thousands of citizens and residents gather along the Corniche for a public Mahgrib prayer in a display of solidarity with Qatar, and to welcome His Highness The Emir home after a successful diplomatic mission to the U.S. where he made an historic speech at the 2017 United Nations General Assembly.

Social media across Qatar lit up with outpourings of support for His Highness as many users expressed their commitment and solidarity to Qatar as the GCC crisis nears the four-month mark.

With instances of fake news surrounding events in Qatar on the rise, it's imperative that the community speaks out in contradiction to false allegations such as these. We ask that you please share this article to help show the world the truth about what is real and what is fake.

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