More sound, more image. While the Israeli army launched a round of bombing of “unprecedented” intensity on the Palestinian enclave on Friday, October 27, telecommunications and Internet in the territory were cut off according to the Hamas government in power. The Palestinian telecoms company Jawwal confirmed the outage and NetBlocks, an Internet access monitoring service, reported a "collapse of connectivity in the Gaza Strip."
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Launched in 2018 by SpaceX, Starlink is a satellite Internet service provider. This constellation of 5,000 satellites, which is intended to expand further, aims to provide coverage in the most remote areas of the globe.
On Saturday noon, the American billionaire promised, in particular in response to a message to elected Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to offer an Internet connection “to the United Nations and to all internationally recognized humanitarian organizations which help the populations in Gaza” .
Elon Musk also clarified that no terminal has so far tried to connect to Starlink from Gaza. “A blackout on telecommunications seems morally questionable to me,” he also wrote on X (formerly Twitter) in response to a protest message from the United Nations Telecoms agency.
On the ground, where the humanitarian situation is catastrophic, numerous associations and media have in fact warned of the risk posed by this “blackout”. “This blackout of information risks serving as a cover for mass atrocities and contributing to impunity for human rights violations,” warned a head of the NGO Human Rights Watch, Deborah Brown, in a press release. Concerns shared by Doctors Without Borders and the Palestinian Red Crescent.
“We have lost contact with our staff in Gaza, with health facilities, health workers and the rest of our humanitarian partners on the ground. This siege makes me seriously concerned for their safety and for the immediate health risks to vulnerable patients,” wrote Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, on X.