US pressured Israel to restore communications in Gaza — report

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

The US pushed Israel to restore communications in Gaza after it was shut off on Friday night as the IDF launched the first stage of its ground incursion into the enclave, the Washington Post reports, citing a US official.

The official says that Israel did not give a reason for shutting off communications.

“We made it clear that it had to be turned back on,” the US official tells the Post, adding that communications were subsequently restored. “They need to stay back on.”

Reports in Palestinian media late Sunday claimed some communications in northern Gaza had gone dark again.

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