Egypt blocks 21 websites, including Al Jazeera

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Reuters tried to access five websites named by local Egyptian newspapers and broadcasters, including the Al Jazeera website, and found them all inaccessible.

According to the statements, Al Thani also considered that it is unwise to confront Iran, adding that some neighboring countries have ambitions in Qatar.

The developments came a day after Qatar's state-run news agency ran a story, saying the small and gas-rich kingdom had ordered its ambassadors from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates withdrawn over "tension" with the administration of US President Donald Trump.

KSA and UAE media outlets also considered that Doha devoted all its capabilities to be the voice of the militant groups, describing the Qatari step as a disaster.

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The falling out is especially awkward for the Gulf Arab states after their leaders met Trump last weekend at a Riyadh summit of Muslim nations meant to showcase solidarity against Sunni armed militant groups and Shi'ite regional adversary Iran.

Egypt blocked several media websites on Wednesday including those belonging to the Qatari Al-Jazeera news channel and an opposition television station based in Turkey, a security official said.

Sheikh Tamim was also falsely quoted as calling Hamas "the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people".

The allegedly fake report on the website of Qatar News Agency (QNA) cited Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar's emir, as criticizing the latest increase in tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, in a speech he gave to graduating military cadets.

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Gamal Sultan commented to Daily News Egypt on the necessity of an Egyptian response, saying that Egypt does not need to respond, as if the statements were true and not fabricated, so this is a confirmation of Egypt's accusation against Qatar.

Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, Director of the Government Communications Office confirmed that an investigation will be put in place to look into this matter. The statement published has no basis whatsoever, and the competent authorities in the State of Qatar will hold all those (involved) accountable. Al Jazeera says it is an independent news service giving a voice to everyone in the region. Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain should reconsider their antagonistic stance against Qatar.

There was no immediate official comment available. He signed a huge weapons deal with Saudi Arabia.

Relations between Qatar and other Gulf states cooled in 2014 over Qatar's foreign policy and its links to the Muslim Brotherhood, a political and social organization that calls for a society based on Islamic law.

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