Internet access in the Gaza Strip is slowly being restored, following a significant disruption that began on October 27th. The disruption, which left the majority of residents isolated from the outside world during a period of intense bombardment by Israel, is now gradually coming to an end after two full days of severed connectivity. Netblocks shared real-time network data on its social media platform, highlighting this development.
Internet connectivity in the Gaza Strip was disrupted on October 27th, which occurred last Friday. This disruption followed Israel’s offensive on October 25th and 26th. This offensive marked the largest operation in the 2023 Israel-Hamas conflict and was the most intensive ground operation conducted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The operation achieved success by eliminating dozens of Hamas operatives, including some senior commanders, and destroying hundreds of targets. The operation lasted for 36 hours, and the IDF reported the successful rescue of four Israelis who had been held captive by Hamas in a concealed location.
Two days following the internet blackout in the Gaza Strip due to Israel’s intense offensive, internet connectivity is slowly being restored. People have been observed using mobile phones and computers to reestablish communication with the outside world.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reported that people in Gaza have resorted to taking basic survival items, food rations, water, and medicines from warehouses.
⚠️ Confirmed: Real-time network data show that internet connectivity is being restored in the #Gaza Strip; service was disrupted on Friday amid heavy bombardment by Israel, leaving most residents cut off from the outside world at a critical moment 📈 pic.twitter.com/I7hBa9L9I9
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) October 29, 2023