Emiratis, Qataris and Saudis as well others in the Middle East have been reacting to the increasing diplomatic isolation of Qatar.
After Arab countries including the UAE, Bahrein and Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties the hashtag “severing ties with Qatar” has been tweeted almost a million times. Qatar is being accused of destabilising the region.
There have been expressions of humour, surprise and concern for families that could now face separation, as well as posts for or against.
A Saudi news outlet tweeted a picture of King Salman suggesting time had “run out” for Qatar by looking at his watch.
The blockade was received with support by many of the Saudi users.
User @fdeet_alnssr thundered: “The emir of Qatar did not heed the advice, he did not get the message, he did not learn the lesson… that when this man [King Salman] gets angry… nations and rulers will quake.”
Meanwhile, in the United Arab Emirates, Mona al-Marri, head of the media office of Dubai’s government, tweeted: “I wish Qatar was wiser than this. I wish Qatari foreign minister apologised instead of stubborn stances in an unwise personal reaction.”
Some Saudis however urged their fellow citizens not to confuse anger at Qatari people themselves with anger at Qatari policy.
“I’ve visited Qatar twice. God bears witness that the Qataris gave me everything. State policies aside, this generous people is being put at a disadvantage,” tweeted Yasser al-Shomry.
Meanwhile, Qataris rallied under the hasthag “We are all Tamim” – reffering to the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Many people also changed their profile images to this.
@muhmad251990 was also familiar with the hashtag “Gulf citizens against severing ties with Qatar”, saying: “I wish those three countries [Saudia Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain] would show as much unity in boycotting Israel or Iran as they do in bycotting Qatar.”