Qatar says state news agency first hacked in April

Other measures against Qatar, which relies heavily on food imports, included the closing of airspace, land border and maritime territories. He suggested Qatar was funding extremism.

It has put Oman - which has stayed out of the spat - to use its unique position in the GCC to bridge the gap between Qatar and other Gulf countries.

But Saudi Arabia has also been accused of destabilizing the region through its intervention in Yemen's civil war, which has exacted a heavy civilian death toll.

A top Gulf official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP a major concern was the influence of Sheikh Tamim's father, Sheikh Hamad, who had allowed the Taliban to open an office in Doha and helped arm Syrian rebels before abdicating in 2013.

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The dispute between Qatar and its neighbours is "threatening the stability of the entire region", Sheik Mohammed bin Abdulrahman continued, adding that Qatar was still looking for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

"The Ministry said the investigation team confirmed that the piracy process had used high techniques and innovative methods by exploiting an electronic gap on the website of the Qatar News Agency", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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A quick trawl through Central Intelligence Agency's CREST database reminds of us an arguably simpler time in Saudi Arabia-Qatar relations.

The UAE banned all global flights serving Doha from flying through its airspace amid an escalating diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Arabian Gulf neighbours.

Turkey, which works closely with Qatar in the energy sector, has walked a fine line between defending Qatar and abstaining from openly antagonising Saudi Arabia.

Qatar has pursued a somewhat independent foreign policy and has backed the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia wants to crush, Gottinger explained.

Meanwhile, Bahrain has joined the UAE in threatening jail terms for anyone voicing support for Qatar.

Gargash said the UAE wanted to see action taken against individuals living openly in Qatar despite being classified as supporters of terrorism by the United States and United Nations.

Qatar's stocks plunged the most since 2009 and forward contracts on the riyal due in 12 months touched a record this week as investors assess the seriousness of the row. The Turkish president has also offered to mediate. While no details of the talk were revealed, the Pentagon had earlier renewed its praise of Qatar for hosting a vital US air base and for its "enduring commitment to regional security".

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