Gaza’s largest telecommunications provider, Paltel, has disclosed that internet and phone networks are down across the Gaza Strip the second blackout in the past week.
The global network made this known via its social media handle, confirming Gaza in the midst of a new internet blackout with a high impact on the last remaining major operator.
Paltel further stated that Most Gaza residents will experience “a total loss of telecommunications.
Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud, providing sporadic updates via satellite from Khan Younis, southern Gaza, said on Wednesday that the blackout sent “waves of concern and fear among people and evacuees in the southern part of Gaza who still have family members remaining in the northern part and Gaza City”
“This blackout is very tragic for people here and an indication that something serious is going on,” he reported. The lack of communication only intensifies people’s concerns “about what’s going to happen to their relatives and loved ones”, he added.
The government of the Palestinian militant group Hamas had at the time accused Israel of causing the shutdown in order to “perpetrate massacres” in the Gaza Strip.