Tech billionaire Elon Musk has offered to provide his Starlink satellite internet service to aid organizations in Gaza, which have been cut off from communications due to the ongoing conflict in the region.
Musk announced on his social media platform, X, that SpaceX, his company, would support communication links for internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza. He specifically mentioned support for the United Nations and other aid groups.
This move is reminiscent of Musk’s promise to provide Starlink access and equipment to Ukraine during Russia’s invasion of the country last year. However, he later reconsidered due to increasing costs and concerns about the technology being used in military offensives.
Musk’s pledge comes at a time when communication in Gaza has been severely impacted by Israeli Defense Force bombardments. The lack of viable communication has hindered Palestinian civilians’ ability to call for aid and has paralyzed health networks in the region.
The death toll in Palestine has risen to over 7,700, with the majority being women and children, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Israeli officials have declared that the war in Gaza has entered a new phase as bombardments continue and preparations for expanded ground operations are underway.
Israel initiated the conflict in response to surprise attacks carried out by the terrorist organization Hamas on October 7, resulting in the death of over 1,400 Israelis.
Note: This article is based on wire service reports.