x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Ban on Al Jazeera lifted

The Palestinian government lifts the ban on Qatari TV news station Al Jazeera operating in the West Bank.

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK // The Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad is allowing Al Jazeera satellite TV to resume operations in the West Bank, ending a four-day ban. Walid al Omari, the senior Al Jazeera correspondent in the region, says he received a phone call from Mr Fayyad informing him of the decision. Mr al Omari said today that Mr Fayyad told him his government would still press ahead with a lawsuit against the Qatar-based station for alleged incitement. Last week, an Al Jazeera talk show hosted an official in Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement who alleged Abbas played a role in the death of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat. The official did not present evidence. Abbas aides complain that Al Jazeera is siding with his political rival, Hamas.

* AP