As per the latest information, telecommunication and internet services have been restored in the Gaza Strip. Earlier on Sunday main internet service Provider of the Gaza “Paltel” confirmed the telecommunication Blackout.
Palestine Red Crescent Society reported that Internet connectivity had been restored after hours of complete interruptions. This was the tenth blackout of internet services in Gaza in the last Ten years.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued by Alp Toker of Netblock Said he is unable to tell the exact reason for the blockade, whether it was because of the Bombardment or anything else that caused the disconnectivity, like technical glitches or physical damages.
The latest interruption of the telecommunication services happened on Sunday just before sunset. As per the estimates of the Palestine Red Crescent Society, more than two billion people in the Gaza Strip were affected by this blockade.
They said due to a lack of internet services, emergency medical services were badly affected. People were unable to connect with the medical teams or hospital staff when they need medical assistance. The Director General of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated that we are very concerned about the outrage and heavy Bombardment on the people of Gaza By the Israeli Defence Forces.
It is to be specifically mentioned that at the time of the first telecommunication blackout, Some top US officials believed that Israel had caused this interruption and urged the Israeli Counterpart to restore the internet connectivity given the growing Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip.
Today’s latest social media post, the Netblock, made clear that “metrics are showing that internet connectvity is getting normal. It was the second longest internet blockade after the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war”. Notably, Netblock is the watchdog organisation that monitors security and also regulates the governance of internet freedom.
Many international personalities and organisations strongly condemn the Internet blockade as it affected the medical and other emergency services in the Gaza Strip.