Gaza under longest internet blackout since war began: Monitor

AFP , Wednesday 17 Jan 2024

A telecommunications blackout in the besieged Gaza Strip has entered its sixth day, the longest continuous outage since the Israeli war on Gaza began, internet monitor NetBlocks said Wednesday.

Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. AP


Gaza's internet services have been constantly disrupted throughout the war, now in its fourth month.

"The disruption, now entering its sixth day, is the longest sustained telecoms outage on record since the onset of the Israel-Hamas war," NetBlocks said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Palestinian telecoms provider Jawwal said Israel's "heavy bombardment" of the territory was responsible for a previous blackout.

Humanitarian leaders have said communications blackouts impeded deliveries of aid.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said in November that aid trucks were unable to enter Gaza from Egypt for two straight days due to the near-total communications blackout.

Israel's relentless bombardment and ground invasion of Gaza has killed at least 24,448 Palestinians, mostly women and children, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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