BEIRUT- Beirut-based employees of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya channel said the station has decided to shut down its Lebanon operation amid tensions between Riyadh and Beirut. The channels’ Beirut correspondent Adnan Ghamloush said the decision to shut down “for security reasons” was communicated to the staff
on Friday through a lawyer, and effectively puts 27 employees out of work. He declined to give other details and the nature of the security threat remained unclear. Al Arabiya, which is affiliated with the MBC group, provoked protests by supporters of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in February after the channel broadcast a comedy skit mocking the Hezbollah leader.