Egyptian security forces have stormed the office of the al-Alam Channel in Cairo, and arrested its director Ahmad al-Siyoufi, an al-Alam correspondent reported Saturday.

Al-Alam is an Arabic news channel broadcasting from Iran, owned by the state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).


“The security forces also seized equipment and devices from the channel without giving any explanation for these actions,” al-Alam said on its website.

A security source confirmed the account, saying the raid was conducted because the channel did not have an operating license.

The incident signaled a return the end of the rapprochement between Iran and Egypt under deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.