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Egyptian Security Forces Raid Office Of Iranian TV Channel

Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour pauses during his swearing-in ceremony as Egypt's interim president in the Supreme Constit
Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour pauses during his swearing-in ceremony as Egypt's interim president in the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on July 4, 2013, a day after the military ousted and detained president Mohamed Morsi following days of massive protests. The ceremony, which was broadcast live on national television, came after the military swept aside Morsi, a little more than a year after the Islamist leader took office. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO, July 20 (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces raided the office of the Iranian Al Alam Arabic language satellite channel in Cairo and detained its director, the outlet reported on Saturday.

"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 their account and said the raid was conducted because the channel lacked a license. The incident signaled a return to cooler relations between the two Middle Eastern powers after an attempt at rapprochement under deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi. (Reporting by Noah Browning and Ali Abdelatti; editing by Crispian Balmer)

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