Gaza is now in a near-total blackout after Israeli airstrikes destroyed phone and internet services, raising concerns war crimes could be covered as information is unable to get out.
Palestinians in Gaza were unable to communicate with people outside for a second day on Saturday Oct. 28 after Israel launched some of its heaviest bombing since the war began.
Palestinian telecoms provider Jawwal said on Friday Oct. 27 that Israeli airstrikes had destroyed “all remaining international routes connecting Gaza to the outside world,” Al Jazeera reported.
Human rights groups such as Amnesty International said it had lost contact with its staff on the ground, making it increasingly difficult to document war crimes.
The director-general of the World Health Organization said that the blackout is “making it impossible for ambulances to reach the injured”.
Only satellite phones are still functioning, according to Al Jazeera.
The cutoff has made it impossible to know the casualty figures and scale and details of the fighting on the ground.
It comes just a day after the Gaza Health Ministry published the names of the 7,028 Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli airstrikes.