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A displaced Palestinian woman tries to get internet service on her phone through the Egyptian networks to communicate with her relatives, near the border with Egypt, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip February 1, 2024.

A displaced Palestinian woman tries to get internet service on her phone through the Egyptian networks to communicate with her relatives, near the border with Egypt, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip February 1, 2024. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians struggle to connect and get news amid digital shutdowns in Gaza: “Without the internet everything stops”

Journalists and other Gaza residents describe the daily struggle to get news and information. Telegram and radio have become key sources
 
6th March 2024

A few metres from Gaza’s border with Egypt, Al Jazeera journalist Maram Humaid saw an 18-year-old man on a pile of sand holding planks of wood in the air, glued to which was a mobile phone. 

“This is the telecommunications company of the makeshift camp,” the young man explained. He was connecting to an Egyptian internet service provider through an eSIM – a virtual SIM card allowing connection to a mobile network without a physical SIM – so other displaced people could access a hotspot. “I can’t stay disconnected, so I strive to find a solution,” Humaid recalls the young man telling her. 

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