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Qatar’s emir hasn’t threatened to cut off the world’s gas supply if the bombing of Gaza doesn’t stop. The country’s government has tried to mediate in the Israel-Hamas war, but has made no such threat.
But social media claims say Qatar’s emir has issued a threat with global consequences if Israel doesn’t stop bombing Gaza in retaliation for Hamas’ terrorist attack in southern Israel on Oct. 7.
A caption on an Oct. 11 Facebook post read, "The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has threatened that if the bombing of Gaza does not stop, he will cut off the supply of gas to the world."
We could find no credible news reports that al-Thani or any Qatari government official has threatened to cut off gas supplies in searches of Google and the Nexis database. Nor could we find any such statements on a Qatar government communications office website or the state-run Qatar News Agency’s website.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Qatar on Oct. 13 to meet with al-Thani and Qatar’s prime minister. There was no mention of gas supplies in a news conference from Qatar or in news coverage of the visit.
Qatar-based online news site Doha News on Oct. 12 reported that the claim surfaced on X, formerly Twitter, on an account called "@qattar_affairs," which has since been suspended. We found another post on X (archived) with more than 290,000 views making the claim and citing that same post from @qattar_affairs in a reply as evidence.
Marc Owen Jones, a Middle East studies professor at Hamad bin Khalifa University in Qatar, described @qattar_affairs as a "fake news account" and "not a credible source." The account’s previous incarnation, @Qatar_Affairs, was also suspended, Jones wrote on X.
The claim that Qatar has threatened to withhold its gas supply to the world is False.
Marc Owen Jones, X thread, Oct. 12, 2023
Doha News, Gaza: Experts debunk fake news on Qatar gas supply threats, Oct. 12, 2023
Doha News, Qatar and Italy discuss escalations in Palestine, mediation in hostage release, Oct. 12, 2023
Reuters, Qatar in talks with Hamas, Israel to swap hostages for prisoners, Oct. 9, 2023
Anadolu Agency, Germany’s Scholz praises Qatar’s emir for mediation efforts in Israel-Palestine conflict, Oct. 12, 2023
The Times of Israel, Qatar-led talks to free Israeli hostages in Gaza making ‘some headway’ — source, Oct. 9, 2023
Qatar Government Communications Office, Top News, accessed Oct. 12, 2023
U.S. Energy Information Administration, Qatar, accessed Oct. 13, 2023
The New York Times, Qatar extends its natural gas dominance at Russia’s expense, Dec. 9, 2022
C-SPAN, Secretary of State Antony Blinken news conference in Qatar, Oct. 13, 2023
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