Billionaire Elon Musk said that SpaceX’s Starlink service will support communication for international humanitarian aid organizations in Gaza in the context of Israel seeking to tighten the blockade of this territory.
In a post last weekend on social network internationally recognized aid organization”.
The proposal was made after the Gaza Strip suffered a power outage, lost telephone and internet networks and was almost isolated from the outside world in the context of Gaza facing a humanitarian crisis due to the conflict between Israel and Israel. and Hamas.
According to international humanitarian organizations, this situation began late on October 27, hindering relief activities in Gaza.
SpaceX has not commented on how to ensure any Starlink connections are used by aid organizations and not others.
Meanwhile, billionaire Musk’s proposal immediately faced a reaction from Israel. Israeli Telecommunications Minister Shlomo Karhi warned: “Israel will use every possible means to prevent this. Hamas will use Starlink for provocative activities.”
Israel is tightening the siege on the Gaza Strip not only with airstrikes and shelling, but also by disrupting the electricity and water supply to this territory to pave the way for a large-scale ground attack campaign. .
Starlink is a satellite network project revolving around constellations of the SpaceX company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, providing Internet connections globally, especially serving people in the most remote places on Earth. not covered by traditional telecommunications infrastructure.
Since the Russia-Ukraine conflict broke out, SpaceX has provided more than 20,000 Starlink satellite internet connection devices to Ukraine. Even when mobile networks and the internet were destroyed due to fighting, Starlink devices allowed Ukraine to remain connected.
Russia once threatened to shoot down Starlink satellites on the grounds that they were used to serve the Ukrainian army against Russia.
Konstantin Vorotsov, Deputy Director of the Department of Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said: “We want to highlight an extremely dangerous trend when using technologies in outer space and this trend has become clear in Ukraine. Specifically, the use of space infrastructure by the US and its allies for civilian purposes.”
However, billionaire Elon Musk affirmed: “Starlink is only used for peaceful purposes.”
Media recently revealed that Mr. Musk once refused to let the Ukrainian Navy use his Starlink satellite network to guide drones to carry out an attack against Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Crimea.
Billionaire Musk confirmed this information and explained his decision: “If I agree to their request, SpaceX will clearly become an accomplice to escalate the conflict.”