Al-Arabiya Shuts Down Lebanon Operation Amid Tensions

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 3:08 PM

Beirut correspondent Adnan Ghamloush says the decision to close down "for security reasons" was communicated to staff Friday through a lawyer, and puts twenty-seven employees out of work.

Beirut-based employees of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya channel declare the Sta has decided to close down its Lebanon operation amid tensions between Riyadh and Beirut.

Beirut correspondent Adnan Ghamloush says the decision to close down "for security reasons" was communicated to staff Friday through a lawyer, and puts twenty-seven employees out of work.

He declined to give other details and the nature of the security threat is unclear.

Al Arabiya, which is affiliated with the MBC group, provoked protests by Hezbollah supporters in Feb after the channel broadcast a comedy skit mocking the Hezbollah leader.

Saudi Arabia has halted deals worth $4 billion for Lebanon and warned its citizens against travel to the country in retaliation for Lebanon'south siding with Iran amid the Sunni kingdom'south spat with the Shiite powerhouse.

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