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Saudi Blocks Qatar News Sites as ‘Hack’ Blamed for Iran Comments

  • Qatar says hackers posted fake comments attributed to emir
  • Several Gulf nations withdrew envoys from Qatar in 2014

Saudi Arabia blocked access to several Qatari news websites after they carried fake articles about Gulf efforts to isolate Iran, stories Qatari officials said were the result of a hack, exposing tensions among Sunni-ruled monarchies seeking to form a united front against the Islamic Republic.  

Qatar said hackers first posted a fake story on the Qatar News Agency website at 12.14 a.m. that included comments falsely attributed to the Qatari emir describing attempts to confront Iran as a mistake. They then took over the agency’s Twitter account to announce that Qatar was recalling its ambassadors from other Gulf countries and Egypt.