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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Communications 'blackout' in Gaza

Ma'an – Telecommunications access in Gaza was severed late Tuesday, cutting off Internet, mobile phones and international landline connections for hours, a Ma'an correspondent reported.

Calls to the Gaza Strip were met with error messages or dial tones, and the blackout seemed to affect multiple platforms including regular landline services as well as mobile access including Israeli services.

A technician at Jawwal, the main phone service provider in the occupied territories, told Ma'an that the company was aware of reports that residents of Gaza were experiencing technical difficulties.

A few people with subscriptions to international services like Blackberry were able to communicate, but even they said reception was spotty and unreliable. Israeli wireless Internet remained online in some places.

Residents of Gaza near the border with Israel said army bulldozers were seen operating shortly before telecommunications went offline. An army spokeswoman did not immediately return calls.