Al-Jazeera Twitter account 'suspended'

Iran said it was unclear if the fishing boats had strayed into Saudi waters

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Qatar-based TV network Al-Jazeera said the Twitter account for its Arabic-language channel had been suspended on Saturday, in the latest blow against the station, AFP reported.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said the four Arab states were drawing up a list of "grievances" and would present them soon, warning that Qatar could not fund extremism and remain on good terms with neighbouring states.

The Doha-based group, which is believed to be partly responsible for the current diplomatic tussle between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, said on its English Twitter account, "The @AJArabic Twitter account has been suspended".

In 1996, Qatar launched the Al-Jazeera satellite news channel and brought a new brand of news coverage to the region.

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There is now tension between Qatar and its immediate neighbours, led by Saudi Arabia, who say Qatar is turning a blind eye to terrorism financiers.

The other Arab powers accuse Qatar of supporting Islamist militants, which it denies, and some of them have criticized Al Jazeera as a terrorist mouthpiece and an agent of interference in their affairs.

The reports have been dismissed by Saudi Arabia as "wishful thinking" from the Trump association.

Ties between Saudi Arabia and Turkey have begun to fray due to sharply different policies toward Qatar. He added that Qatar should respond to worldwide and regional calls that request it to stop its support to extremism and terrorism.

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Qatari special forces on patrol in Doha. Qatar's North Dome gas field extends into Iranian waters, where it's known as the South Pars field.

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off". Riyadh sealed its border, closed its air space to Qatari Airways and - along with Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt - severed diplomatic relations.

Efforts to resolve the dispute appear to be still in the early stages, with a number of questions unanswered, says Mideast analyst Steven Cook at the Council on Foreign Relations.

On June 14, the US signed a $12 billion deal to supply dozens of F-15 jets to Qatar, despite recent high-profile claims by US President Donald Trump alleging Qatar's "high-level funding" of terrorism.

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