Ooredoo today announced that all mobile calls to Palestine will be free of charge for the next week, in an effort to connect people with friends and family during the humanitarian crisis.
The international calls offer applies to all mobile calls made using the international codes 970 and 972 to people in Palestine.
More than 500 people have been killed in the military action in Gaza in recent days, with more than 3,000 injured and tens of thousands displaced. Ooredoo has taken the decision to make all calls free of charge in response to customer requests, with people desperate to stay in touch with loved ones in the conflict zone.
The offer applies to all international calls from Qatar – including Hala, Shahry Standard and Shahry Smart Packs customers – and will run until midnight on Thursday, 31 July.
Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “We stand with our brothers and sisters in Palestine. We must make every effort to support those who are suffering and in fear, and we hope this initiative enables people to stay in touch during this frightening time.”
In addition to the free calls service, Ooredoo has also donated QR 1,000,000 to Qatar Charity’s humanitarian efforts for Gaza, in an effort to relieve suffering.
Ooredoo has a strong relationship with Palestine, with its company Wataniya Palestine recently launching the “We are all Gaza” campaign in cooperation with UNRWA and PCRF to support Gaza. The campaign enables customers to make donations by SMS from their mobile phone balance to support relief work in Gaza. To encourage a high response rate, Wataniya Mobile is providing free call minutes for those who donate.
Nawras in Oman has also launched a parallel campaign, to encourage employees and customers to donate to Gaza.
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