Al Jazeera anchor causes controversy with post on Hurricane Irma victims

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Prominent Al Jazeera anchor Ahmed Mansour is causing controversy once again for a Facebook post in which he justified the destructive Hurricane Irma as a “display of God’s greatness which many dare to deny”.

The Facebook post published on Saturday has since been removed by Mansour after the ensuing uproar. However, a cached copy of the Facebook link verifies the authenticity of the post having indeed gone up.

The controversial Egyptian presenter posted a photo showing a packed highway in Florida as hundreds of thousands evacuated the state. He captioned the photo: “The grand escape from Florida… 20 million Americans running away in fear of hurricane Irma which is wiping out everything in its wake”.

Mansour also added a verse from the Quran: “And He will show you His signs, and what signs of Allah will you deny?”

Although the post garnered 30,000 likes and 9,000 shares, many Facebook users were unimpressed with Mansour taking light of people’s misfortunes as a result of the destructive hurricane.

“What signs?! Even the murders and killing and destructions happening in Muslim countries are part of His [God] signs!,” one Facebook user from Morocco said, according to Morocco World News website.

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