Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Gaza residents use mosque megaphones for communication amid total blackout

People in Gaza have resorted to using the megaphones of a mosque to communicate amid a total blackout of electricity and network connections in the besieged enclave.

“Communications have been cut. There is no one left but you God. Oh God, they are using their strength against us,” the video shows.

“But we believe in your power over them. Oh people of Islam. Oh people of Islam, we seek refuge in your prayers, pray to God for their victory. Communal prayer.”

Palestinians, aid groups, journalists and civil society organisations have said they have lost touch with staff and families in Gaza, after Israel shut down internet and communications, cutting off the territory’s residents from contact with the outside world.

A Palestinian telecommunications provider said there was now a complete blackout of connectivity in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“We regret to announce a complete interruption of all communications and Internet services with the Gaza Strip in light of the ongoing aggression,” the telecommunications company Jawwal said in a statement on Friday.

“The intense bombing in the last hour caused the destruction of all remaining international routes linking Gaza to the outside world,” it said, adding that Israel’s bombardment and siege had already interrupted communications services in the enclave.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society announced it is not able to get in touch with its teams in Gaza.

Here is its full statement:

“We have completely lost contact with the operations room in the Gaza Strip and all our teams operating there due to the Israeli authorities cutting off all landline, cellular and internet communications.

We are deeply concerned about the ability of our teams to continue providing their emergency medical services, especially since this disruption affects the central emergency number ‘101’ and hinders the arrival of ambulance vehicles to the wounded and injured.

We are also worried about the safety of our teams working in the Gaza Strip as the continuous and intense Israeli airstrikes around the clock indicate that the Israeli authorities will continue to commit war crimes while isolating Gaza from the outside world.

We call on the international community to exert pressure on the Israeli authorities to provide immediate protection to innocent civilians, medical facilities and our teams.”

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