Elon Musk announced that SpaceX’s Starlink would aid communication links in Gaza through partnerships with internationally recognized aid organizations.
Musk mentioned on a social media platform that the authority for ground links in Gaza remained unclear, and no terminal had sought a connection in that region.
The Gaza Strip faced a telecommunications blackout, severing ties to the outside world and disrupting internal communications during Israel’s expanded military actions.
Humanitarian groups emphasized that the blackout exacerbated an already dire situation, impeding critical operations and hindering communication with their staff on the ground.
Notably, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Starlink satellites played a crucial role in maintaining internet connectivity despite attempted Russian interference.
Musk has since stated that he declined to extend coverage over Russian-occupied Crimea, rejecting the use of his satellites in Ukrainian attacks on Russian forces in the area.