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Communications 'blackout' in Gaza

Aug. 9, 2011 11:57 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 10, 2011 4:33 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Telecommunications in Gaza were severed late Tuesday, cutting off Internet, mobile phones and international landline connections for hours, a Ma'an correspondent reported.

Calls to Gaza 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 mobile provider in the occupied territories, told Ma'an the company was aware of reports that residents were experiencing technical difficulties.

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

Meanwhile, residents of Gaza near the border with Israel said army bulldozers were seen operating shortly before communications went offline. An army spokeswoman denied the account.
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