Piers Morgan breaks silence on Gaza, calls for Israeli communications blackout

Piers Morgan and AFP An image taken from TV footage shows fire and smoke rising over Gaza City during an Israeli attack on October 27, 2023.  - AFP/File
Piers Morgan and AFP An image taken from TV footage shows fire and smoke rising over Gaza City during an Israeli attack on October 27, 2023. – AFP/File

Piers Morgan, host of “Piers Morgan Uncensored”, expressed his support for Palestinians in Gaza and called for Israel’s bombing which resulted in a complete communications blackout in the besieged strip.

Morgan has received criticism for not supporting the Palestinian stance on his show.

His recent statements were among the first words of respect for vulnerable Palestinians in Gaza.

“Where will these Palestinians live when the war ends? Many of their homes are being destroyed. Does Israel have an answer? Does it care?” Morgan expressed concern on Twitter (formerly Twitter) about the humanitarian crisis faced by Palestinians in Gaza and criticized Israel’s actions.

He questioned a post described as “an urgent message to the residents of Gaza” from the official IDF account on Twitter, saying: “How will they (Gazans) hear this message if you cut off their ability to communicate?”

Following the shutdown of phone and internet services, Gaza remains cut off from the outside world as media and humanitarian organizations warn that the communications blockade could serve as cover for crimes taking place within the crisis-hit territory.

Palestinians in Gaza remained cut off from the outside for a second day on Saturday, following the conflict’s heaviest bombardment and reports of some small ground incursions by Israeli forces overnight by Hamas.

Israeli shelling on the Gaza Strip has “destroyed all remaining international routes linking Gaza to the outside world”, according to a statement late Friday from Palestinian telecommunications company Jawwal.

The health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza said Saturday that at least 7,703 people have been killed in the war with Israel that began on October 7.

The dead included more than 3,500 children. The overall toll is the highest number of war deaths in Gaza since Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the territory in 2005.

Philippe Lazzarini, head of UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, said Gazans “are not only dying from bombs and attacks, many more will soon die from the consequences of the siege”.

The first tranche of aid was allowed in last weekend, but only 74 trucks have crossed since then. The UN says that before the conflict an average of 500 trucks entered Gaza every day.

“These few trucks are nothing more than pieces that won’t make a difference,” Lazzarini said.

Amid the bombing and fuel shortages, 12 of Gaza’s 35 hospitals have been forced to close, and UNRWA said it has “had to significantly scale back its operations”.

Israel’s military accused Hamas of using hospitals in Gaza as operations centers to direct attacks, a charge Hamas denied.

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