Israel to close Al Jazeera offices, take network off-air

Israel wants to close broadcaster Al Jazeera’s local offices and revoke its journalists’ press credentials, the communications minister has said.

Ayoub Kara alleged that the channel supported “terrorism”, and said both its Arabic and English-language channels would be taken off air.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently accused the broadcaster of incitement.

Al Jazeera has fiercely defended its reputation and says it is independent.

Mr Netanyahu accused the pan-Arab TV channel of fuelling a recent crisis around a holy site in Jerusalem known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount.