No Text and No Talk
Palestinians plunged into digital darkness in Gaza
Cutting off an enemy’s communication lines is an ancient tool of war. But the near complete communications blackout in Gaza, as Israel expands its military campaign, has plunged residents into a deep digital darkness.
Before Friday night — when phone and internet connections were abruptly severed — you could be poor in Gaza, you could struggle to charge a battery, but if you had a mobile phone with a few minutes of credit, you could still make a call. Now those minutes are useless.
More than 2 million people in Gaza now have little or no ability to text, talk or scroll. They can’t hail an ambulance. They can’t check on loved ones. No Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram. No news. Just as worrisome, people cannot call in. Now there is a terrifying silence.
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