Conflicts & War

Gaza marks 1 week of internet, telecoms blackout – longest yet

Geneva, Jan 20 (EFE).- The Gaza Strip marked seven consecutive days without internet and other telecommunications services on Friday, according to the United Nations daily report on the conflict between Hamas and Israel.

Although it is the seventh time that this type of blackout has occurred, this was the longest, it said.

“Network data show that connectivity is being restored in the #Gaza Strip after a week-long telecoms blackout, the longest on record since 7 October; operator Paltel says it has repaired damage sustained in conflict; overall service remains far below pre-war levels,” internet monitor NetBlocks wrote on X on Saturday.

This telecommunications outage made it difficult to distribute humanitarian aid, first aid and even daily monitoring of the situation in the Strip, the UN said.

Agencies such as the World Health Organization regret, for example, the difficulty at present in monitoring the cases of Hepatitis A that have been detected in Gaza, as there are no laboratories in operation and very limited testing capacity.

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights continued to lament the frequent cancellation of aid missions to northern Gaza, especially since the beginning of the year. In January, 22 of the 29 planned missions (76 percent) were suspended due to lack of permits from the Israeli authorities.

In the last 24 hours, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, 142 Palestinians in Gaza were killed in Israeli attacks and 278 were injured, bringing the death toll since Oct. 7 close to 25,000,with more than 60,000 injured. EFE

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