People walk in Mall of Qatar in Doha, Qatar July 5, 2017.REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon
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At dusk, young Qataris gather outside the house of a ruling family member in Doha to sign a portrait of Qatar's emir mounted on a giant billboard. A month of sanctions imposed on Qatar by Egypt and Arab neighbors that have cut ties and accused Doha of supporting militants has galvanized patriotic feelings among Qataris, who number 300,000, as well as fear about the possibility of military escalation."We will go to the streets and fight for him [Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani]," said Ahmed al-Kuwari, a 32-year-old engineer.Local media say that hundreds of men are signing up for the military, as others deliver jibes at Arab rulers on social media and rail against "fake news" they say some Arab media outlets are spreading to divide them.The Al-Thani tribal rulers of Qatar, a small peninsular country protruding into the Gulf with a population of 2.7 million, most of them foreign workers, have been rattled in the last few decades by internal palace coups or threatened intervention by Saudi Arabia.
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