On Thursday, Egypt blocked 21 websites, including the popular Qatari news network Al Jazeera and Islamist-affiliated platforms. The step taken was also similar to those of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
According to a report from Al-Masry Al-Youm Newspaper, the ban process started since Wednesday evening and among the sites blocked was the website owned by recently-banned Muslim Brotherhood, Ikhwan Online.
A security official was quoted saying all websites blocked contain material that “support terrorism and extremism as well as publish lies.”
Although the Arabic edition of the Huffington Post was blocked but the English-language version was left accessible.
Amongst the block sites is the independent Cairo-based Mada Masr.
Since the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power in Egypt in 2013, the country relations with Qatar have grown worsened as Cairo condemned Doha for hosting members of the now-banned group.
Egypt’s Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had also blocked the website of Al Jazeera and other Qatari websites on Wednesday following some controversial comments eulogizing Iran alleged from the Qatari ruler, Tamim Al-Thani.
Iran is the major regional rival of Saudi Arabia, which hosted an Arab Islamic summit over the weekend.
During the summit, both Saudi King Salman and U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Iran for inciting unrest in the Middle East.