Elon Musk's ambitious venture, Starlink emerged as a beacon of connectivity for this beleaguered enclave in the embattled region of Gaza, where geopolitical tensions and infrastructure challenges.
On Saturday, the CEO of SpaceX announced that SpaceX's Starlink would provide communication connections in Gaza in partnership with "internationally recognized aid organizations."
Musk made a statement on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), indicating that the responsibility for ground links in Gaza was unclear.
However, he also highlighted that there had been no requests for a connection from any terminal in that region.
A communication blackout, affecting both telephone and internet services, has effectively cut off individuals in the Gaza Strip from the rest of the world and from one another.
As Israel expanded its aerial and ground operations, the ability to make essential calls to family members, ambulances, or colleagues located elsewhere became nearly impossible.
Global humanitarian organizations expressed deep concern about the blackout, which commenced on Friday evening.
They noted that it was exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation by hindering critical life-saving activities and obstructing their ability to reach their personnel in the field.
SpaceX has not yet provided a response to Reuters' inquiry regarding their measures to ensure that the Starlink connection is utilized by humanitarian aid organizations rather than Hamas.
In the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, it was observed that Starlink satellites played a crucial role in maintaining internet connectivity in specific regions, despite Russian attempts to interfere with the signal.
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has also publicly stated that he declined to extend Starlink coverage over the Russian-occupied Crimea, asserting his unwillingness to permit the use of his satellite network for Ukrainian activities against Russian forces in that area.