DUBAI – Pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera said on Saturday that the Twitter account for its main Arabic language channel had been suspended while efforts for its recovery were underway.
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“The account of Al Jazeera on twitter @ajarabic is currently suspended due to what seems to be an organised campaign and we are doing the necessary work to get the service back,” Al Jazeera said on another of its Twitter accounts for its breaking news service.
Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is currently experiencing turbulence with Gulf states and Saudi Arabia over latter’s claims of supporting terrorism. The network said on June 8 it was combating a large-scale cyber attack but that all its entities remained in operation.
In an unexpected development, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya severed their diplomatic links with Qatar earlier June. The latest country to join the bandwagon was Maldives that also announced maintaining no relations with Gulf state ‘because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism’.
Reacting to the visible isolation, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry expressed deep regret over the decision of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to break diplomatic ties with it.
Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman on Tuesday said that Kuwait was making effort to defuse the diplomatic crisis.