BREAKING: Elon Musk will provide Starlink for aid groups in Gaza
As rockets continue to fire across the border from Gaza to Israel and Israel launches a ground invasion of Gaza, Elon Musk has said that “Starlink will support connectivity to internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza.”
Musk made the comment in reply to New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who offered concerns that Israel, which has laid siege to Gaza after a brutal Hamas attack on October 7, had cut off communications in the region.
“Cutting off all communication to a population of 2.2 million is unacceptable,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Journalists, medical professionals, humanitarian efforts, and innocents are all endangered. I do not know how such an act can be defended. The United States has historically denounced this practice.”
Her remarks were in reference to Husam Zomlot’s worry about his family in Gaza. Zomlot, who is the Head of Palestinian Mission to the UK, said “I have been trying to reach my family in Gaza for hours with no success. All telecommunications and internet have been cut, while Israeli strikes is literally destroying Gaza from air land and sea. How many more innocent people: children, parents and grandparents will be murdered before the world steps in?”
“We will support the UN and other internationally recognized aid groups,” Musk said.
Ocasio-Cortez has been accused of sympathizing with Hamas terrorists as she, and others of her progressive caucus, have called for a ceasefire in the region. A ceasefire is also what Hamas is calling for, though Hamas was the group that instigated this latest war. Aid has been pouring into Gaza, facilitated in part by the UN. This includes $100 million from the US.
Biden said that a “top priority” was to provide aid to to Gaza. In a speech, he said “In discussions with the leaders of Israel and Egypt, I secured an agreement for the first shipment of humanitarian assistance from the United Nations to Palestinian civilians in Gaza. If Hamas does not divert or steal this shipment, these shipments, we’re going to provide an opening for sustained delivery of Life Saving humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians.” Aid began rolling into the region on October 14.
Israel had cut off communications in the area to prevent Hamas terrorists from communicating with each other as Israel launches the ground invasion. Israel had directed civilians to leave the area, enlisting the UN to help deliver that message. Electricity was cut off to the area a week ago.
Civilians have few options as to where to go, since the only land exit out of Gaza is through the Rafah crossing to Egypt, and neither Egypt, nor other neighboring nations, wish to accept the flow of Palestinian refugees from a war zone.