TEHRAN (FNA)- Qatar is experiencing critical conditions after it was the scene of a coup attempt against Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, sources close to the country’s royal family revealed on Tuesday.
Informed sources close to the royal family in Qatar told FNA that a failed coup d’état has happened in Qatar but the Qatari officials have sought hard to keep it away from the media and the public, given the growingly fragile conditions in the country and the instability in a number of regional Arab states.
The sources asked to remain anonymous due to the high sensitivity of the issue.
Yet, Qatari officials confirmed lethal clashes between the Royal Guard Forces and a number of military troopers and personnel, the sources added.
The limited news reports released by some local and Arab media earlier this week said that the Qatari Emir succeeded over the past weekend to foil a coup attempt against him. They added some 30 senior army officers were detained while some others were put under house arrest.
The news about the military coup attempt coincided with a statement issued by certain figures in Qatar’s ruling family, who oppose the current regime, announcing they do not recognize the legitimacy of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, while they backed his brother, now exiled in France, Abdul Aziz bin Khalifa Hamad Al-Thani. The statement was signed by 66 opposition figures, including 16 from the ruling Al Thani family. They directed serious charges against the Emir, including the establishment of relations with Israel, total coordination with the United States of America and breaking the Arab ranks. They also claimed his close family members and his wife’s family members are involved in cases of corruption and social injustice.
The signatories dedicated in their statement some harsh words for the wife of the Emir, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Misnad. They considered her public appearances in the media as contrary to the traditions in Qatar and as “shameful”. They also said the ruling family forces leading traders and businessmen to share with them their profits.
Earlier reports had revealed that the war of power in the Qatari royal family is growing hot.
An informed source familiar with the current developments inside the royal family in Qatar said in 2011, “The Qatari Emir’s incurable disease has caused intensified rivalries among the country’s princes who are ready to do everything within their power to succeed to the throne.”