A telecommunications blackout in the besieged Gaza Strip has entered its sixth day, the longest continuous outage since the Israel-Hamas war began, internet monitor NetBlocks said Wednesday.
Gaza’s internet services have been constantly disrupted throughout the war, now in its fourth month.
“The disruption, now entering its sixth day, is the longest sustained telecoms outage on record since the onset of the Israel-Hamas war,” NetBlocks said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
Palestinian telecoms provider Jawwal blamed Israel’s “heavy bombardment” of the territory for a previous blackout.
Humanitarian leaders have said communications blackouts impeded deliveries of aid.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said in November that aid trucks were unable to enter Gaza from Egypt for two straight days due to the near-total communications blackout.
Fighting has ravaged Gaza since Hamas’s unprecedented October 7 attacks on Israel that resulted in the death of about 1,140 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli figures.
Hamas and other militants seized about 250 hostages and around 132 remain in Gaza, including at least 27 believed to have been killed.
At least 24,448 Palestinians, about 70 percent of them women, young children and adolescents, have been killed in Israeli bombardments and ground assaults, according to the Gaza health ministry’s latest figures.