Musk says Starlink will provide Gaza connectivity for aid groups

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Musk says Starlink will provide Gaza connectivity for aid groups

Elon Musk announced that SpaceX’s Starlink will provide support for communication links in Gaza with internationally recognized aid organizations. This statement prompted Israel’s communication minister to declare that Israel would oppose this move. Musk clarified that it is unclear who has authority for ground links in Gaza, but no terminal has requested a connection in that area.

The Gaza Strip experienced a blackout that disconnected people from the world and from each other. This blackout made it nearly impossible to make calls to loved ones, ambulances, or colleagues outside of Gaza as Israel continued its air and ground assault. International humanitarian organizations expressed concern that the blackout was exacerbating an already dire situation by hindering life-saving operations and impeding contact with their staff on the ground.

SpaceX has not yet responded to inquiries about how it will ensure that any Starlink connection is used exclusively by aid organizations and not by Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that governs the Gaza Strip. In response to Musk’s announcement, Israel’s communication minister stated that Israel will use all available means to oppose this move, citing concerns that Hamas would exploit the technology for terrorist activities. The minister suggested that Musk condition the use of Starlink on the release of abducted individuals.

It is worth noting that Starlink satellites were instrumental in maintaining internet connectivity in certain areas during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, despite attempts by Russia to jam the signals. Musk has previously declined to extend coverage over Russian-occupied Crimea, refusing to allow his satellites to be used in Ukrainian attacks on Russian forces.

In conclusion, Elon Musk’s announcement that Starlink will support communication links in Gaza with aid organizations has sparked controversy. Israel has expressed concerns about the potential misuse of the technology by Hamas, while humanitarian organizations highlight the urgent need for reliable communication in the midst of the ongoing conflict.

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