Iran General NewsIran'a Al Alam TV says dropped by Arab satellites

Iran’a Al Alam TV says dropped by Arab satellites

-

ImageReuters: Iran's Arabic-language television network Al Alam said on Wednesday that it had been taken off the air by Arab satellite operators based in Egypt and Saudi Arabia without explanation. ImageDUBAI, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Iran's Arabic-language television network Al Alam said on Wednesday that it had been taken off the air by Arab satellite operators based in Egypt and Saudi Arabia without explanation.

The move highlights long-simmering tensions between Shi'ite Muslim Iran and several U.S.-allied Sunni Muslim Arab countries that analysts say are worried about a rise in Tehran's influence in the region through Shi'ite minorities.

"The Saudi-based Arabsat network and Nilesat in Cairo have taken the Arabic-language network off air," a statement on the Iranian channel's website said.

"The technical section of Al Alam reported on Tuesday that the Iranian network's officials have contacted the officials running the two satellite operators, but have received no response," it said.

Egypt's state news agency MENA said the operators of Nilesat and Arabsat stopped broadcasting Al Alam citing a contractual breach without elaborating.

Nilesat Chief Executive Ahmed Anis confirmed that his firm had dropped Al Alam due to an unspecified breach of contract.

A spokesman at Arabsat's headquarters in Riyadh was not available for comment. The operator is owned by a group of Arab countries.

Al Alam has followed the Yemeni government's war with Shi'ite rebels in north Yemen, reporting regularly on statements by the rebels who have accused Saudi Arabia of backing the government in Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday a security officer was killed and 11 others wounded in an attack by gunmen in an area near the Yemeni border, which Yemeni rebels said they had seized in a cross-border raid. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are close allies of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has said individuals in Iran are funding the rebels but stopped short of accusing the government.

Yemen summoned Iran's ambassador in August to complain of Iranian media coverage.

The rebels say Saudi Arabia is offering military aid to Sanaa, which the Yemeni government denies.

Saudi Arabia fears instability in Yemen, which also faces a separatist movement in the south, could give al Qaeda the chance to revive a campaign of violence inside the world's top oil exporter.

U.S.-allied Arab governments have watched with alarm as Shi'ite Iran's influence spread in the region after the 2003 Iraq invasion via anti-Western groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the occupied Palestinian territories. (Additional reporting by Cairo and Riyadh bureaux; Writing by Andrew Hammond; Editing by Inal Ersan)

Latest news

Iran’s Youths Broke the Spell of Fear

One of the main characteristics of the recent protests in Iran is the courage and fearlessness of the people,...

Iran Is on the Brink of a Revolution

The wall of fear has been broken. In many cities across Iran, women are taking to the streets, leading...

Iran’s Regime Claims To Fill Global Energy Gap Despite Crippled Petroleum Sector

In recent weeks, the Iranian regime’s officials have been constantly exaggerating their huge capacity in oil and gas reserves...

What Is Happening in Iran?

Following the brutal killing of Masha Amini, the Iranian people have once again united to fight and defeat the...

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Water Shortage Crisis and the Destruction of Iran’s Water Resources

Iran is currently suffering from a number of dangerous natural disasters. One of the most worrying is the drying...

Must read

Iran launches 20-day crackdown

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Sep. 07 – Iran’s State...

Iran Protester’s Family Worried Over Lack of Information

By Pooya Stone The family of a protester arrested...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you