Family of missing man urges Jawwal to turn over call history

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Hundreds of Palestinians rallied Monday in front of offices of the Palestinian mobile service provider Jawwal in Gaza City after the company refused to help the a family which has been trying to collect information about a relative who went missing in June.

The family of Muhammad Khalil al-Aloul has been trying to convince Jawwal to provide details of incoming and outgoing calls to the missing man’s phone, but the company has refused to reveal any details, citing privacy concerns.

The angry protesters tried to close the main gates of Jawwal’s offices and prevented customers from accessing it. As a result, a brawl broke between protesters and one of the Jawwal employees. Hamas-affiliated police officers arrived and prevented the protesters from interrupting the company’s work.

After police intervened, representatives of the protesters met with Jawwal executives and explained to them how any detail about the missing man may help his family or at least give them hope about his fate.

“Since my brother was kidnapped, we have been trying to convince Jawwal executives, but in vain,” said Samir al-aLoul, a brother of the missing man. He appealed to the attorney general in the Hamas-run government in Gaza to give orders to Jawwal to reveal details of his brother’s phone calls.

Representatives of Jawwal told Ma’an they were not immediately able to comment.

(Source / 19.08.2013)

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