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Communications, Internet services cut across Gaza, dozens killed as Israeli air strikes intensify

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As the Israel’s war on Gaza nears the one month mark, Sunday evening saw yet more escalation in the besieged Gaza Strip. Israel imposed another total communications blackout, while intensely bombing several different parts of the enclave.

The heavy bombardment came as all internet and communications were cut in Gaza for the third time since the war began.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it had lost contact with its teams in Gaza.

UNRWA, the UN Palestinian refugee agency, also said it has been unable to reach the “vast majority” of its team in Gaza due to a communication breakdown.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised concerns about another connectivity outage in Gaza, amid continued Israeli bombing of the Strip.

“Without connectivity, people who need immediate medical attention cannot contact hospitals and ambulances,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general, said on X.

“All channels of communication must be restored immediately.”

At least 9,770 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7.

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