As the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas continues, the tech tycoon and billionaire Elon Musk has now offered the use of his Starlink satellite internet service to humanitarian relief organizations in Gaza. The offer was made on Saturday.
In the midst of intensifying bombings and a ground campaign by the Israeli military, the Gaza Strip, which is under the authority of Hamas, has been cut off from the internet and telephone contact.
As a result, civilians are unable to contact for assistance, and humanitarian organizations are unable to connect with one another.
Musk has stated that his business will make the technology available to “internationally recognized” aid organizations; however, it is uncertain how quickly these organizations will be able to connect to the system given that it requires specialized equipment.
However, Musk’s promise was made in reaction to criticism of Israel’s decision to stop communication from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democratic Party of New York).
It would appear that the Israeli ground attack is the beginning of the long-awaited invasion of northern Gaza.
The fighting started earlier this month when Hamas militants launched a surprise attack on Israel. In that onslaught, they killed more than 1,400 people and took more than 200 hostages.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has vowed to carry on with the air strikes until all of the captives are brought back. Only four of them have been set free so far.
According to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry, Israel’s airstrikes in response to Palestinian rocket fire have resulted in the deaths of approximately 7,300 Palestinians as of Friday.
This figure includes at least 3,000 minors.
Even though the tech tycoon, who is also the owner of X, Tesla, and SpaceX, made the Starlink service available to the Ukrainian military, he stipulated that it may only be used for defensive operations.