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Cyber attack hits Al Jazeera as Qatar row continues

09 Juin 2017

Far from backing down in the face of unprecedented pressure from Gulf rivals, Qatar's foreign minister said Thursday that no other country could determine its policies.

Speaking to media in Doha yesterday, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Qatar was being isolated "because we are successful and progressive".

On Thursday Qatar said fellow Arab states' move to isolate it in a row over alleged ties to terrorism is endangering stability in the oil-rich Gulf region.

But there have been few signs of progress as officials from Qatar and its Arab neighbours in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) pursue shuttle diplomacy.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.

"Qatar has to redress its path and has to go back to all previous commitments, it has to stop media campaigns and has to distance itself from our number one enemy Iran", Sheikh Khalid said.

The border with Saudi Arabia is of particular importance because it provides the only road route into the peninsula nation.

Doha is a major worldwide travel hub, but flag carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East. Sheikh Sabah earlier Wednesday traveled to Dubai where he met with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as prime minister and vice president of the UAE.

In this Wednesday, June 7, 2017 photo released by Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, left, holds the hand of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, Qatar.

Al-Jazeera's offices have been shut down by authorities in Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

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Accusing the Qatari government of being in "denial", Anwar Gargash, UAE state minister for foreign affairs, said: "This is not about regime change - this is about change of policy, change of approach".

"They (Qataris) hired (financed) influential Saudi preachers, religious figures, journalists and academics to incite against Saudi Arabia", one Gulf source was quoted by a Reuters report. The nation has been ruled by the Al-Thani family since the mid-19th century.

Qatar denies having any ties to extremists. Western officials long have accused Qatar's government of allowing or even encouraging the funding of some Sunni extremists, and the Qatari government has openly supported the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

The Qatari Interior Ministry said late Wednesday that the website of the Qatar News Agency was initially hacked in April with "high techniques and innovative methods".

Russian hackers may have used a phony news story to create a growing diplomatic dispute targeting a key US military ally.

In a statement issued, al-Azhar praised the measures taken to ensure the unity of the Arab nation and resolutely addressing the plans to destabilize it and tampering with the security of its countries.

Qatar has a history of swift leadership change.

At a time when Qatar deserved the solid support of its neighbours and friends, it was unfortunate that it has instead been singled out for punitive measures like severing of diplomatic ties and closing of transport links by fraternal countries.

"The emir of Kuwait is a messenger of good, but the policies of Qatar have not granted his endeavors success", Mecca reported Sheikh Khaled as saying on its official Twitter page.

Qatar is the world's largest exporter of natural liquefied gas. It said hackers installed a file and then published a fake news item attributed to Sheikh Tamim just after midnight May 24. However, he did acknowledge the authenticity of recently leaked emails from Emirati Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba in Washington, which several media outlets described as including criticism of Qatar.