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Twitter briefly suspends Al-Jazeera Arabic amid Qatar rift

19 June 2017

There has been speculation that closure of Al-Jazeera could help end the diplomatic crisis which erupted last month between Qatar and its neighbours in the Gulf over its alleged support of extremists.

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In his remarks from London, Jubeir said there was no intention of harming the Qatari people and called Qatar an "ally" in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Dr Gargash said the UAE named 59 individuals walking free in Doha who had been identified as terrorists or financiers of terrorism, including 14 who are sanctioned by the US State Department and nine by the UN.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and several other Sunni-majority countries have severed relations with Qatar since June 5, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorism based on its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and the Taliban. Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar. It's fair to say that we are seeing a different Saudi Arabia.

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"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level", Trump said in a speech at the White House. "Saudi Arabia has always been the big fish in the small pond and has never liked Qatar's desire, since 1995, to have an independent foreign policy".

Al Jazeera is a state-funded broadcaster owned by the government of Qatar.

They also urged their citizens to return to their respective countries, disrupting the lives of thousands in the region and restricting their freedom of movement. According to the media reports, Al-Jazeera has also come under cyber attack as well amid the diplomatic crisis.

The Bahraini TV move "provides compelling evidence of targeting the State of Qatar and attempting to impute charges to it" amid current regional tensions, it added. In fact, the Saudi led action against Qatar emanates from insecurity prevailing in some Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain about Doha's successes in transforming Qatar as an economic and technological hub of the Middle East. He was speaking in London during a visit meant to rally diplomatic support for the Qatar embargo, the Guardian reported on Saturday.