The release of six Al-Jazeera journalists who had been detained by Egyptian security forces on Monday came as a result of US State Department pressure, The Washington Post reported.

The journalists were in Egyptian custody after authorities ordered the closure of the network's Cairo office. By mid-afternoon, the network reported via Twitter that the six were released but that authorities had seized their equipment.

The Qatar-based network said the journalists were working for its English-language channel — a sister operation to the flagship Arabic service.

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