Technical glitch temporarily unblocks Qatari websites and TV channels in Saudi Arabia

Websites and some television channels linked to Qatar were unblocked in Saudi Arabia on 24 June, 2017 morning but the change arose from a technical glitch and the restrictions will be reimposed shortly, a key Saudi royal court adviser said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed an economic boycott on 5 June, 2017 accusing it of financing extremist groups and supporting terrorism. Doha has repeatedly denied these accusations.

As part of the boycott, Saudi and Emirati authorities blocked the Qatari state-funded television network Al Jazeera and spin-off channels of beIN Sports.

But on 24 July, 2017 morning, Saudi viewers reported that beIN sports channels and websites were back operating, while Al Jazeera satellite channels remained blocked.

"The lifting of the block on websites of the Qatari authorities was due to a technical error and will be fixed within the coming hours," Saud al-Qahtani, a top adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said on his Twitter account.

UAE telecommunications providers du and Etisalat reinstated BeIN Sports channels on Saturday, saying in text messages to subscribers that the package would be subject to ongoing review, the UAE newspaper The National reported.

As of late Monday morning, Al Jazeera remained blocked in both countries, along with the websites for Qatar Airways and Doha News.


Updated Date: Jul 25, 2017 09:07 AM