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Al Murrah tribal Sheikh calls for repossessing his citizenship

Thu, Sep. 14, 2017
CAIRO – 14 September 2017: The tribal Sheikh Al Murrah Taleb bin Muhammed Lahm bin Shraim has denounced Qatar of revoking his Qatari citizenship and that of other 55 members of the tribe in a video released on Thursday.

“We shall repossess our citizenship whether the Qatar funded regime likes it or not,” Shraim stated.

Shraim has confirmed that Qatar has withdrawn the citizenship because his tribe has refused to insult Saudi Arabia especially the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz alongside with the Kingdom of Bahrain when the Qatari regime asked them to.

In addition, the meeting between the tribal leaders and Shraim with the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, in which they pledged that righteousness shall prevail, further provided the Qatari regime with another reason to revoke their citizenships.

“Sheikh Ali bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, the Qatari ruler prior to its independence till 1960, has granted me Qatari citizenship not Hammad bin Khalifa, former Emir Qatar who abdicated in favor of his son, Sheikh Tamim in 2013,” he added.

Historically, the Al-Murrah tribe made up a large proportion of Qatar's ethnic population. Estimates dating back to 2005 put the figure between 5,000 and 10,000, suggesting that they accounted for anywhere between 2.5 percent to 5 percent of the Qatari population at that time.

A majority of tribe members were strong supporters of Sheikh Khalifa Al-Thani, the former Emir of Qatar who was deposed in 1995 in a coup by his son. Eight months after the coup, 119 Al-Murrah members attempted to overthrow the new Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani, but failed.

Qatar has put many members of the Al-Murrah tribe in prison without trial, where they were subjected to torture and humiliation, and others were prevented from entering the country for long periods, which led to them dropping their nationalities.


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