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Israel withdraws from Starlink due to Musk's Gaza network operation statement

Israel withdraws from Starlink due to Musk's Gaza network operation statement Elon Musk (photo: Getty Images)

The Israeli government has decided to discontinue the use of Starlink satellite internet following statements by its founder, Elon Musk, about the network's operation in the Gaza Strip, states Israel's Minister of Communications, Shlomo Karhi.

"Israel will use all the means at its disposal to combat this. Hamas will use it for terrorist activity. There is no doubt about this," he said.

The Minister is confident that Elon Musk knows that not only international organizations but also Hamas militants will use satellite communications.

"Hamas is like ISIS. Maybe Musk would be willing to negotiate this in exchange for the release of our kidnapped babies, sons, daughters, and elderly people. All of them! At that time, my office will sever all ties with Starlink," Karhi emphasized.

Starlink in the Gaza Strip

Earlier, the founder of the satellite communication system, Elon Musk, stated that Starlink would assist international organizations in the Gaza Strip.

War in Israel

On October 7, HAMAS militants launched an attack on Israel, targeting both military personnel and civilians, resulting in many civilian casualties.

In response, Israel announced a military operation. Within the framework of this operation, Israeli forces have already conducted several strikes in locations where militants are stationed. Additionally, on October 26, Israel conducted a raid into the Gaza Strip, employing tanks for the operation.

Yesterday evening, it became known that there were connectivity and internet issues in the Gaza Strip. Following this, an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) representative, Daniel Hagari, declared the commencement of an offensive in the Gaza Strip. Subsequently, the IDF initiated strikes on the region.