Video: Vodafone Egypt considers sending mobile units to Gaza border to boost communication network amid Israeli blackout

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Oct 2023

Vodafone Egypt announced Saturday evening that the telecommunication giant has prepared mobile communication units that could be sent to the border between Egypt and Gaza to boost internet and mobile phone networks for the Gaza Strip.

Vodafone Egypt Chairman Hany Mahmoud
Vodafone Egypt Chairman Hany Mahmoud. Photo courtesy Al Sharq News


In a statement to Al Sharq News, Hany Mahmoud, the chairman of the board of directors of Vodafone Egypt, noted that the International Telecommunication Union issued a decision stressing the importance of restoring communications and internet services in Gaza in order to save the lives of those wounded in the ongoing conflict in the strip.

"Here in Egypt, our company is ready with some mobile stations, that we always use in matches and big events, to transport them to the border areas between Egypt and Gaza, and we are coordinating with governmental authorities to implement this."

The relentless Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, which began on 7 October, have killed more than 7,700 and wounded more than 20,000.

The Israeli move to cut off all communications in the strip has prevented much of the world from receiving news from reporters and rescue workers on the ground on the most recent repercussions of the Israeli bombing campaign amid a worsening humanitarian crisis among 2.3 million Palestinians under an all-out food-water-fuel blockade for three weeks.

Earlier on Saturday, the Egyptian government called on the international community to pressure Israel to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza through the Rafah border crossing.

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