Elon Musk was responding to US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who questioned how anyone could defend “such an act” after communications and internet were cut off in the Gaza Strip last night.
Starlink is a satellite network created by Mr. Musk’s space flight company SpaceX to provide inexpensive internet access to remote areas. The lifespan of a Starlink satellite is approximately five years, and SpaceX aims to eventually have as many as 42,000 satellites in this so-called megaconstellation.
On Friday, Internet and phone service were completely shut off throughout the Gaza Strip as a result of intense Israeli bombardment of the Palestinian territory. Hamas accused Israel of taking the action “to perpetrate massacres with bloody retaliatory strikes from the air, land, and sea.”