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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Iran bans hard-line paper for two days over threat to Dubai

The ban on newspaper Kayhan came after it claimed Dubai was the 'next target' for the Houthi rebels

Newspaper Kayhan ran a headline saying Dubai was the “next target” for Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Christopher Pike / The National
Newspaper Kayhan ran a headline saying Dubai was the “next target” for Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Christopher Pike / The National

A semi-official Iranian news agency says authorities have ordered a two-day ban on hard-line newspaper Kayhan after it ran a headline saying Dubai was the "next target" for Yemen's Houthi rebels.

ISNA reported on Wednesday that Kayhan has been ordered not to publish on Saturday and Sunday, after it ignored a previous notice from the Tehran prosecutor.

Kayhan ran the headline after Yemen's Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile that was intercepted near the Saudi capital. Iran supports the Houthis but has denied Saudi and US allegations that it has given them missiles and other weapons.

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Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been battling the Houthis since March 2015.

Iran has a long history of shutting down local media over security charges.