Israel-Gaza War : Gaza Info Blackout ‘Risks Providing Cover For Mass Atrocities,’ Says Human Rights

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Israel Gaza War : Human Rights Watch has warned that the extensive telecommunication blackout in Gaza, combined with Israel’s sustained bombardment of the Palestinian territory, raises concerns about the potential for concealing “mass atrocities,”.

Israel intensified its attacks in the Gaza Strip, resulting in a significant disruption of internet and communication services.

Meanwhile, Hamas announced on Saturday that its fighters in Gaza are prepared to respond with full force to Israeli attacks, as Israel expanded its air and ground operations in the Palestinian enclave.

Reuters reported, that the Gaza-based Palestinian militant group, which governs the region, previously stated that its fighters were engaging in clashes with Israeli troops in areas close to the border with Israel. This came in response to Israel’s reports of escalated attacks in Gaza.

“In addition to the attacks carried out in the last few days, ground forces are expanding their operations tonight,” Israeli military spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said in a televised news briefing on Friday evening.

Terrorism is a “malignancy” and knows no borders, nationality or race and the world should not buy into any justification of terror acts, India has told the UN General Assembly as it abstained on a resolution on the Israel-Hamas conflict.

India on Friday abstained in the UN General Assembly on a Jordanian-drafted resolution titled ‘Protection of civilians and upholding legal and humanitarian obligations’ that called for an immediate humanitarian truce in the Israel-Hamas conflict and unhindered humanitarian access in the Gaza strip.

Even as India was among the countries that abstained from voting for a non-binding Jordanian resolution, it voted in favour of a Canada-led amendment to the draft resolution on the Gaza crisis which failed to pass at the UNGA as it did not achieve a two-thirds majority.

Canada proposed an amendment to the resolution drafted by Jordan, which originally called for unhindered humanitarian access in the Gaza Strip but did not condemn terror organisation Hamas. Canada’s proposed amendment sought to insert a paragraph condemning the ‘terrorist attacks by Hamas.’

Israel knocked out internet and communications in the Gaza Strip in stepped-up bombardment Friday night, largely cutting off its 2.3 million people from contact with each other and the outside world and creating a near-blackout of information, as the military said it was “expanding” ground operations in the territory.

The military’s announcement signaled it was moving closer to an all-out invasion of Gaza, where it has vowed to crush the ruling Hamas militant group after its bloody incursion in southern Israel three weeks ago.

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