Gaza Security Shuts Mobile Company’s Main Office in PM Bomb Probe
Hamas-run security services in Gaza have shut down a cellular company’s headquarters over its alleged failure to cooperate in their investigation of a suspected attempt to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister, security officials said recently.
In addition to the closure of the Wataniya firm’s main office in Gaza, several employees of a second Palestinian mobile operator, Jawwal, were briefly detained as part of the probe into the recent bomb blast, the officials said.
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who is based in the occupied West Bank, was unhurt when a roadside device exploded next to his motorcade shortly after it entered the Gaza Strip via Israel.
He has been spearheading efforts by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) to reconcile with Hamas, an Islamist group that won control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.
Despite a unity deal signed in October, differences remain between Hamas and the PA on sharing administrative and security responsibilities in the Gaza Strip.