Egypt blocks several news sites including Jazeera

Alicia Cross
May 25, 2017

Egypt did not block yet Al-Jazeera websites, but withdrew licenses of its offices in Egypt.

"There is no wisdom in harboring hostility toward Iran", he said, adding that President Donald Trump is facing legal issues in his home country as claims over his Russian Federation links continue.

Doha issued a robust denial that the remarks had ever been made, but Gulf Arab countries including oil giant Saudi Arabia permitted their state-backed media to run them throughout the day on Wednesday quoting Qatar's official news agency.

Mr al-Thani was quoted as saying "there is no wisdom in harbouring hostility towards Iran" and that relations with the Trump administration are "tense" despite a positive meeting between the two leaders in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabia capital, last week.

The alleged hack - and a purported fake news report that was published during it - have exposed real tensions still lingering in the Gulf between Qatar and other nations over the small gas-rich country's support of Islamist groups.

The statement attributed to the emir focused on sensitive regional political issues with other nations in the region, including Iran and Israel, and also Doha's relationship with new US President Donald Trump.

"The Qatar News Agency (QNA) website has been hacked by an unknown entity".

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The allegedly fake report on the website of Qatar News Agency (QNA) cited Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar's emir, as criticizing the latest increase in tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, in a speech he gave to graduating military cadets. Regulators and government officials in the UAE did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The country's communications ministry said in a statement that it had begun an investigation and that authorities would hold those responsible to account.

This week the USA president demanded that Gulf states do more to combat the export of extremist teaching into Europe and a former U.S. defence secretary, Robert Gates, said he did not know of any instance in which Qatar aggressively "went after the terrorist financing of Hamas, Taliban and al-Qaida".

The incident happened four days after Qatar complained publicly that it was the target of "an orchestrated barrage" of criticism by unknown parties in the run-up to Trump's visit alleging the Gulf state supported terrorist groups in the Middle East.

There has been no comment from the UAE or Saudi Arabia.

The situation is reminiscent of an eight-month falling-out between Qatar - which has close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood organization - and Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which consider the Brotherhood extremist.

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