Elon Musk challenges the world and orders the provision of satellite internet service to the Gaza Strip

Elon Musk, owner of the satellite internet company Starlink, announced that Starlink will support satellite internet for all internationally recognized relief organizations in the Gaza Strip in Palestine.

The owner of the satellite Internet company Starlink wrote, through his official X account: Starlink will support communication with internationally recognized relief organizations in Gaza. Human Rights Watch warned on Saturday that the disruption of communications and the Internet in the Strip may constitute a “cover for mass atrocities.” The Israeli bombing in response to the Hamas attack, according to the latest tally of the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, led to the deaths of at least 7,326 Palestinians. On the other hand, at least 1,400 people were killed in Israel due to the Hamas attack, according to an Israeli army tally. In a statement, a Human Rights Watch official said that this loss of information may serve as a “cover for mass atrocities and contribute to impunity for human rights violations.” For its part, Amnesty International said that it had lost contact with its employees in Gaza. The non-governmental organization expressed its regret that "this communication breakdown means that it will become more difficult to obtain necessary information and evidence related to human rights violations and war crimes committed against Palestinian civilians in Gaza, and to hear directly from those who are subjected to these violations." In turn, the NetBlocks service, which monitors Internet connectivity, spoke of a “collapse of connectivity in the Gaza Strip.” According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, several UN agencies lost contact with their teams in Gaza. In a statement, the OCHA Humanitarian Coordinator said that humanitarian operations and hospital activities “cannot continue without communications.”

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