Palcel offices re-opened by Hamas-appointed attorney-general

6 Jul 2015

Just a few days after the offices belonging to Palestine Cellular Telecommunications Company (Palcel), the region’s sole official mobile network operator, were closed by the Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip, Reuters reports that the latter has now re-opened them. No reason was reportedly given for the decision, which was said to have been announced on the attorney-general’s Facebook page. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that services to subscribers remained unaffected during the time the offices were shuttered.

As reported by CommsUpdate last week, the office closure came amid claims that Palcel, which offers its services under the Jawwal banner, had not paid its taxes. The operator, which is a subsidiary of fixed line incumbent Palestine Telecommunications Company (Paltel), was quick to reject such claims, saying all relevant levies had been paid to the authorities in the West Bank.