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Israel-Hamas war update: Israel cuts off internet, telecommunications services in Gaza Strip

Israel-Hamas war: Israel, on Sunday, again cut the internet connections and telecommunications services in Gaza Strip. Soon after the blackout a massive bombardment was launched on Gaza

Israeli soldiers walk in a field on November 5, 2023, nearly a month after an attack on the Supernova music Festival by Hamas militants, near Kibbutz Reim in the Negev desert in southern Israel, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group. (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP) (AFP)Premium
Israeli soldiers walk in a field on November 5, 2023, nearly a month after an attack on the Supernova music Festival by Hamas militants, near Kibbutz Reim in the Negev desert in southern Israel, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group. (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP) (AFP)

Israel has again cut internet and phone lines in the Gaza Strip on Sunday night for the third time since the beginning of the Israe-Hamas war, reported Paris based-Agence France-Presse(AFP) referring to telecoms firm Paltel's statement.

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"We regret to announce the complete shutdown of communications and internet services in Gaza after the Israeli side disconnected the servers," Paltel said in a statement.

Also Read: Israel-Hamas War Day 30: Over 50 killed in Gaza camp, Arab leaders push for ceasefire, Blinken says counterproductive

Another confirmation about the internet collapse was given by an internet access advocacy group NetBlocks.org. It reported a “new collapse in connectivity" across the besieged enclave, reported news agency Associated Press.

The first Gaza outage lasted for 36 hours, and the second one for a few hours. Soon after the blackout, UN Palestinian refugee agency told the Associated Press that they have lost communication with the vast majority of the UNRWA team members.

Also Read: 'A child killed every 10 minutes in Gaza': Israel-Hamas war kills nearly 10,000 Palestinians

A few moments after the blackout, the Israeli army launched an intense bombardment on Gaza City and other nearby zones in the north of the enclave. The power explosions due to bombardment were so powerful they could be heard in Rafah in the far south of the Palestinian territory, reported an AFP journalist present on the scene.

Earlier in the day, Israeli warplanes struck two refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. The air strike killedat least 53 people and wounded around dozens, according to health officials.

The strikes came as Israel said it would press on with its offensive to crush the territory's Hamas rulers, despite U.S. appeals for a pause to get aid to desperate civilians.

Amid calls for humanitarian pause, Israel has rejected the idea of halting its offensive. According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, more than 9,700 Palestinians have been killed in the territory in nearly a month of war. The death toll is likely to rise in the coming days as Israel intensifies its ground attack.

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Published: 05 Nov 2023, 10:18 PM IST
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