Qatar's official news agency has carried a "false statement" on sensitive regional topics after being hacked, officials have said. The statement was attributed to the country's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
"The Qatar News Agency website has been hacked by an unknown entity," reported the Government Communications Office in a statement quoted by news agency AFP. "A false statement attributed to His Highness has been published."
It is believed the agency's Twitter account was also hacked.
Among other things, the statement deemed as false addressed issues such as the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Al-Thani was quoted as saying Qatar had "good" relations with Israel and that he hoped he could play a part in a peace deal to resolve the conflict. The emir also deemed - according to the statement - the Sunni Islamic organisation Hamas as the "official representative of Palestinians," the Times of Israel said. Israel considers Hamas as a terrorist organisation.
The organisation's former leader, Khaled Meshaal,moved to Qatar in 2012 .
The statement also said relations with US President Donald Trump, who met the emir during a summit in Saudi Arabia last week, were "tense". The emir was also quoted as saying that Qatar was recalling ambassadors from several countries in the region.
"There is no wisdom in harboring hostility toward Iran," the statement also said, according to Al-Arabiya.
The emir denied all the claims contained in the statement. The government said the "State of Qatar will hold all those" who hacked the organisation accountable.
The hacking came a few weeks after Qatar said it had been the victim of a smearing campaign that accused the Middle Eastern country of supporting terrorism.
Qatar has faced criticism for its alleged support of rebel groups involved in the war in Syria. The rebels aim to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Dohas has also been accused of sponsoring terrorism.