Sun. Jun 16th, 2024
Elon Musk's Starlink Beams Hope for Peace: Offers Internet to Gaza and Israel Amidst Conflict

Elon Musk’s Starlink Beams Hope for Peace: Offers Internet to Gaza and Israel Amidst Conflict

Elon Musk’s Starlink Beams Hope for Peace: Offers Internet to Gaza and Israel Amidst Conflict

Elon Musk’s Starlink to aid Gaza

Elon Musk announced that Starlink, a satellite network developed by SpaceX, will provide aid to internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza responding to a tweet by US leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). AOC expressed concern over the communications blackout in Gaza, emphasizing the threat to journalists, medical professionals, humanitarian efforts and civilians due to the loss of internet and phone services.

Gaza communications blackout

Internet and phone services were completely disrupted in the Gaza Strip amid heavy Israeli bombardment. Palestinian telecommunications provider Jawwal confirmed the shutdown, and blamed it on the destruction of international routes linking Gaza to the outside world. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society expressed deep concern about the impact on their ability to provide emergency medical care, citing disruption of ambulance services and loss of contact with their operations room in Gaza.

Global internet monitor NetBlocks has recorded a significant decline in connectivity, with Paltel (owner of Jwal) being the last major operator supplying services in the region. This blackout raises concerns about the safety and well-being of the population and the ability of humanitarian organizations to respond to the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

Elon Musk’s commitment to support aid organizations in Gaza through Starlink comes at a critical time when communications and connectivity are critical to delivering aid and coordinating emergency response efforts.

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