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Israel to Restrict Work of al-Jazeera

Israeli officials said they plan to make it harder for the Arabic television network al-Jazeera to operate in Israel and the West Bank.

Media reports said Israel will not renew the work visas of some Israeli-based al-Jazeera employees, and that the network's reporters will have less access to news conferences and briefings.

Israeli officials tied the move to the decision last month by Qatar, which owns al-Jazeera, to suspend relations with Israel to protest its offensive in the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli official said Qatar created obstacles by closing Israel's trade office in Doha.

Qatar had been the only Gulf Arab state to have trade ties with Israel.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.