Saudi satellite channel Al-Arabiya has been shut down by hackers.


The hackers, who claim to be Shia muslims, have hit the website a month after Iran reported similar attacks on many of its websites by hardline Sunnis. The hackers posted a message claiming ‘if attacks on Shia websites continue, none of your websites will be safe' with a picture of an Israeli flag on fire.


A statement from the channel said that Al-Arabiya will continue to adhere to its policy of being ‘moderate, balanced and objective', and said that its website had ‘come under organised cyber piracy performed by extremists.'


Iran's Fars news agency reported last month that Wahhabi hackers had attacked 300 Shia websites, including Shia Islam's most popular site linked to the faith's Iraq-based spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.