Gaza Se­cu­rity Shuts Mo­bile Com­pany’s Main Of­fice in PM Bomb Probe

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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.

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