Billionaire business magnate and investor Elon Musk has extended an offer of internet assistance to Gaza, which is being persecuted, following an Israeli attack that cut off all communication mediums. This occurred as Israel carried out significant air and naval strikes alongside expanding its ground campaign in the Hamas-led territory. The statement posted on X (now Twitter) states that Starlink will assist in reestablishing connectivity for the UN and other globally known relief organizations that are active in the Gaza strip .
“Starlink will support connectivity to internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza….We will support the UN and other internationally recognized aid groups,” the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla said in a Saturday tweet.
Starlink will support connectivity to internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza.
[ComStar]— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2023
On Saturday, users of the Musk-led social media network trended the hashtag StarlinkForGaza as part of a widespread call to action.
SpaceX’s Starlink constellation of man-made satellites is designed to deliver internet access “where you least expect it”.
In an effort to improve communications during armed conflicts, Israel has reportedly started discussions with SpaceX, according to a Bloomberg report from earlier in October. According to the Ministry of Communications, the network will provide continuous internet connectivity in Israeli cities close to the front lines. An Israeli spokesman was also cited in the October 17 report as saying that Israel was considering cutting off all phone and internet connections in Gaza.
There has been a nearly total shutdown of phone and internet access in Gaza for the past nearly 24 hours. Israel allegedly shut off connections, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
On Saturday morning, Israel declared that its troops, dispatched on Friday night, were still in the field, despite the tight area being mostly sealed off from the outside world. Prior to this, the nation has only made brief incursions into Gaza during a three-week bombardment intended to eliminate Hamas fighters.
While the internet has been cut off, Gaza is experiencing the heaviest bombardments.
In Gaza, however, communications were progressively returning on Sunday following a blackout that lasted more than 24 hours. Over half of the 2.4 million people living in the congested region have been forced to flee as Israel enforced an almost complete siege, resulting in the destruction of thousands of buildings.