TEHRAN - Hackers took over the social media accounts of Iran’s Al-Alam television Sunday and posted material supportive of the Saudi-led air war against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, the Arabic-language channel said.

Al-Alam accused the Saudi government of being behind the cyberattack in retaliation for the channel’s critical coverage of the bombing campaign launched on March 26. The hackers used Al-Alam’s official Twitter account to put out false reports of the death of the leader of the Shiite rebels in Yemen, Abdulmalik al-Huthi, forcing the channel to issue denials.

The hackers posted several tweets containing what they said were the names and contact details of Al-Alam correspondents around the Middle East. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have deteriorated sharply since the coalition launched the bombing campaign.

“Think more if you are going to talk about Saudi Arabia,” the hackers wrote on Al-Alam’s Twitter account. “This hack I would give it as a gift for our pilots,” said another tweet in English, referring to the air campaign in Yemen.