Starlink to provide internet connectivity to internationally recognized Gaza aid groups, says Elon Musk

Starlink to provide internet connectivity to internationally recognized Gaza aid groups, says Elon Musk

QLNews
By QLNews

The ability of Palestinians to communicate with one another came to a grinding halt in the Gaza Strip on Friday after most internet telecommunications infrastructure was destroyed by consistent Israeli bombings.

However, Starlink — a satellite network created by Space X to offer affordable internet access to isolated areas — will support connectivity to internationally recognized Gaza aid groups, said Space X owner Elon Musk, who also owns X.

His intervention comes after the pathetic situation on the ground, which saw internet connectivity being completely cut off across the Gaza Strip on Friday amid intense Israeli bombardment.

The situation was questioned by US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, widely known as AOC, on X.

“Cutting off all communication to a population of 2.2 million is unacceptable. Journalists, medical professionals, humanitarian efforts, and innocents are all endangered. I do not know how such an act can be defended. The United States has historically denounced this practice,” AOC wrote on X.

Responding to her, Musk said, “Starlink will support connectivity to internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza.”

The Palestinian Red  Crescent Society had earlier tweeted about the grim situation on the ground after internet access was cut.

“The interruption impacts the primary emergency number 101 and obstructs the prompt arrival of ambulances to assist the injured. We have completely lost contact with the operations room in the Gaza Strip and all our teams operating there,” it wrote on X.

Speaking about the communication cut-off, Palestinian telecoms provider Jawwal wrote on Facebook, “The heavy bombardment in the last hour destroyed all remaining international routes connecting Gaza to the outside world.”

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content. 

Instagram - @qatarliving

Twitter - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

YouTube qatarlivingofficial

Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Let's dive into the best beaches in Qatar, where you can have a blast with water activities, sports and all around good times.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

This guide brings you the top apps that will simplify the use of government services in Qatar.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

this guide presents the top must-have Qatar-based apps to help you navigate, dine, explore, access government services, and more in the country.
Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Qatar's winter months are brimming with unmissable experiences, from the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to the World Aquatics Championships Doha 2024 and a variety of outdoor adventures and cultural delights.
7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

Stuck with a week-long holiday and bored kids? We've got a one week activity plan for fun, learning, and lasting memories.
Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a sweet escape into the world of budget-friendly Mango Sticky Rice that's sure to satisfy both your cravings and your budget!
Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in  high-end elegance

Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in high-end elegance

Delve into a world of culinary luxury as we explore the upmarket hotels and fine dining restaurants serving exquisite Mango Sticky Rice.
Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Celebrate World Vegan Day with our list of vegan food outlets offering an array of delectable options, spanning from colorful salads to savory shawarma and indulgent desserts.