Gaza’s 7-Day Internet Blackout Is The Longest Outage Yet, Web Monitors Confirm

The ongoing crisis in Gaza has left people in bewilderment after the internet blackout entered its seventh day.

As per reports from web monitors, this blackout is said to be the longest one to arise yet after entering day seven.

The head for web analysis at Kentik confirmed to media outlet TechCrunch through a Signal Message that such internet blackouts are very rare in today’s modern time and when you combine them with all others arising in the conflict region, this is still the biggest.

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Palestinian telecom firm Paltel confirmed that all services related to telecom in the Gaza Strip were lost, thanks to the current aggression, and seeing the whole region get blacked again was so sad.

Paltel mentioned how such a shutdown is the cause of infrastructure getting damaged in the city of Khan Younis, which can be found in the southern part of the Gaza Strip as per reports from the NYT.

During the early hours of Thursday, monitoring done by leading web firms such as NetBlocks proved how one outage lasted close to 144 hours and counting and that’s extreme. Seeing outage number nine arise is major news and it has to do with the current conflict in Israel that does not seem to be ending anytime soon.

Chart: NetBlocks / X

The head for data insights located at Cloudflare mentioned how sending messages to those on the ground was near to impossible as they just wouldn’t be delivered.

The spokesperson for the leading Red Crescent Society that’s working to provide humanitarian efforts mentioned how such behavior affects their means of transferring aid, leading to absolute chaos.

Some cannot even call for help as there is no means to attain ambulances. Speaking during an audio message, he added how such hindrances are true obstacles with no way out and injured are being forced to wait, causing death rates to increase.

Meanwhile, no reply comments were made from the Defense Forces in Israel when asked for comments on the matter.

The head of a leading terrorist organization in the US and UK spoke about rolling out a surprise attack during the first week of October that targeted so many Israelis inside their residences. Around 1200 innocent citizens were lost in the period after that.
The Israeli forces gave out a retaliatory response with both air and ground operations, killing close to 22000 innocent lives in that region. This was confirmed by a report rolled out by the authorities in Palestine.

Meanwhile, top Digital Rights firm Access Now which is known to control campaigns that arise against such digital blackouts around the world added how sharing such data about events taking place in real time is so hard, and it wouldn’t be wrong to mention that it’s no longer possible too.

One leading spokesperson for the Red Cross added that planning for rescue operations during blackouts is not possible and so challenging as you don’t know what misery the teams would face while arriving at the destination. And that serves as a serious means of danger.

A top correspondent for the Turkish Radio and Television Society in Gaza added how such blackouts forced media personnel in the region to go back to classic means for reporting like walking between areas constantly getting bombarded. Similarly, it’s hard to talk to survivors and know the real figures for casualties too.

If you want to know about something that has arisen in real-time, you don’t get reports in minutes but actually during hours.

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