Musk Says Starlink to Provide Connectivity in Gaza – Elon Musk said on Saturday that SpaceX’s Starlink will support communication links in Gaza with “internationally recognized aid organizations.” In a series of individual updates on X, previously recognized as Twitter, the billionaire emphasized that his satellite internet service had the capability to offer connectivity to the conflict-affected region, yet no connection request had been received as of now.
“SpaceX will support communication links with internationally recognized aid organizations,” as well as the UN, Musk pledged several times Saturday morning. On Friday, the Israeli military implemented a complete internet blackout in Gaza, disconnecting the majority of the 2.3 million residents in the area from global communication. This occurred as Israel expanded its ground invasion in northern Gaza.
Humanitarian organizations condemned this blackout, expressing concerns that it might be used as a shield for potential human rights violations in Gaza. On Friday evening, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decried the blackout, saying the U.S. had “historically denounced this practice.” “Cutting off all communication to a population of 2.2 million is unacceptable,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
“Journalists, medical professionals, humanitarian efforts, and innocents are all endangered. I do not know how such an act can be defended. The United States has historically denounced this practice.” Early Saturday morning, Musk replied to the post, saying: “Starlink will support connectivity to internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza.”
Despite Musk’s repeated claims, the connection’s feasibility remains in flux. “It is not clear who has authority for ground links in Gaza, but do we know that no terminal has requested a connection in that area,” Musk replied to one X user. Starlink by Musk has been utilized in regions where internet infrastructure was damaged or disabled, such as Iran and Ukraine. However, there has been controversy surrounding Musk’s Starlink service in Ukraine.