Mohamed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami - Photo by Arabs Lives Twitter Account Mohamed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami - Photo by Arabs Lives Twitter Account

Qatari security service attacks opposition poet Mohamed Ajami

Wed, Nov. 8, 2017
CAIRO – 8 November 2017: The Qatari security service attacked opposition poet Mohamed ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, who wrote a satire poem on the former Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, sentencing Ajami to 15 years in prison.

Ajami is currently lying in a strictly guarded intensive care unit. “An unforgivable humanitarian crime of the terrorist regime [has been committed against Ajami]," wrote Arabs Live on its Twitter account, which publishes the violations and scandals of the Qatari regime.

"The Qatari regime does not differentiate between young and old. It does not respect the tribesmen in Qatar either," said Mohammed al-Quwari, a Qatari opposition activist, adding; "glory to Azmi Bishara, Qaradawi and hell to the people."

"Azmi's dogs do not allow any honorable Qatari to express his feelings about the policy of Hammadin’s regime against their neighbors,” said Basem Rashid Al-Fazzari, commenting on the Qatari poet’s attack.

Qatar has been accused of financing terrorist and extremist groups by transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars to al-Qaeda. Kuwari was part of the U.S. list of persons officially accused of financing terrorism in 2011, according to Al-Arabiya.

On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, hurling allegations that the state supports terrorism. The nations’ ports and airspaces were cut off to Qatari vessels.

Since then, Kuwait has played the role of the mediator to put an end to this rift. Additionally, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held several meetings with the disputed parties to heal the rift, but the discussions have not yet led to a settlement.

The Arab countries listed 13 demands to be met by Qatar, including severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and the closure of a Turkish air base in Qatar.
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