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Confusion as Al Jazeera cuts Qatari emir’s speech, then airs Al Arabiya footage

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Confusion reigned on Monday when Al Jazeera news bulletin cut to a live speech by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The news presenter cut to the live broadcast, but it abruptly ended and instead the channel aired footage from an Al Arabiya report.

The video above, from an Al Arabiya news bulletin last night, shows this moment.

This comes as Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information announced it has shut down Al Jazeera Media Network’s bureau in Riyadh and has revoked its operational license.

“The move comes after Al Jazeera promoted the plots of terrorist groups, supported the Houthi militias in Yemen, and tried to break internal ranks with Saudi Arabia by and harming its sovereignty,” a statement on Saudi Press Agency read.

Earlier in the day, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Maldives and Mauritius all declared they have severed ties with Qatar over the latter’s recent policies on extremism and terrorist financing.