Israeli shelling destroys phone, internet lines in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli artillery fire that killed one man and injured two others in Gaza on Tuesday also cut the main fiber optic lines providing telephone and internet access to the northern Gaza Strip, government officials said.

The Gaza Telecommunications Ministry was in the process of transferring cables to the area so repairs could be made and service restored, said ministry official Jalal Ismael.

Phone and internet access was cut off in the northern Strip from just after 10 a.m.

Jalal said repairs should be completed by the early evening.

On March 19, Israeli shelling destroyed power lines providing electricity to the Gaza Strip. Electricity Company spokesman Jamal Ad-Dardasawi said the shells struck main lines cutting off the power supply to areas east of Gaza City and in northern Gaza.

(www.maannews.net / 05.04.2011)

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