UNRWA: The latest update by the Palestinian Ministry of Housing reports that 177,781 houses have been destroyed or damaged in Gaza.
Internet and phone services return to Gaza after Israeli communications blackout
Telephone and internet services are returning to Gaza after a communications blackout that humanitarian groups warned could be used as a cover for war crimes.
Paltel Group, which provides communications services in Gaza, said on Sunday that landline, mobile and internet services were gradually restored after being disrupted by “continued aggression.”
Brazil: Demonstration for Palestine and against the Israeli genocide, in Sao Paulo.
Thousands of people protest in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, October 29, 2023. [Sohail Shahzad/EPA]
SPAIN They demonstrate in favor of Palestine in Barcelona, Town Hall Square.
Gaza residents described the weekend bombings as the most intense of the ongoing war.
Gaza’s health ministry says the death toll of Palestinians in the Hamas-Israel conflict has exceeded 8,000 – most of them women and minors – as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces a “second phase” of the war after tanks and infantry entered Gaza in the weekend.
The weekend bombardment – described by Gazans as the most intense of the three-week war – cut off communications in Gaza on Friday night and cut off most of its 2.3 million residents from contact with the world. Communications were restored to parts of Gaza early Sunday.
Human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had warned that a lack of communication in the enclave was hampering efforts to document war crimes and other abuses.
Israel imposed a complete siege – without food, water or electricity – on the Palestinian enclave of 2.3 million people after the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel. Israel has allowed limited supplies of basic necessities and medicine to reach Gaza. Efforts are being made to get more food, water, fuel and medicine into the enclave, which has been exposed to heavy shelling by Israeli forces.
“The situation in Gaza is becoming more desperate every hour. I regret that instead of a critically needed humanitarian pause, supported by the international community, Israel has intensified its military operations,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said during a visit to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.
This morning, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (MLPR) said on Sunday that it had received “serious threats” from Israeli forces to “immediately evacuate” al-Quds hospital in Gaza as it “will be bombed.”
Shelling took place near the Indonesian hospital in the northern Gaza Strip