Al Jazeera’s Offices Shuttered in Saudi Arabia in Row With Qatar

Published June 6th, 2017 - 09:30 GMT
The Al Jazeera logo is seen in one of the network's studios. (AFP/File)
The Al Jazeera logo is seen in one of the network's studios. (AFP/File)

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information announced on Monday shutting local offices of Al Jazeera, Qatar’s influential satellite channel, hours after the kingdom and other Arab powers cut ties with Doha.

The move comes as Saudi Arabia and its allies allege that Al-Jazeera has promoted "terrorist" propaganda and plots, supported Houthi militias in Yemen, and tried to compromise Saudi security by inciting public unrest which is aimed at harming the kingdom’s sovereignty.

More so, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut relations with Qatar in a coordinated move.

Closing all transport ties, Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave. While Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt banned Qatari planes from landing and forbade them from crossing their airspace.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia also stopped exports of white sugar to Qatar. The diplomatic broadside threatens the international prestige of Qatar which is set to host the 2022 World Cup.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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