As Israel’s campaign in Gaza showed no signs of abating, hacktivist group Anonymous threatened to take action against Israeli government for shutting down internet and telecommunication in the narrow strip, according to a press release issued by Anonymous Operation Israel.
The release stated, “For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called “Occupied Territories” by the Israel Defence Force.”
Anonymous alluded to the events that transpired in Egypt by saying, “As the former dictator of Egypt Mubarack learned the hard way – we are ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch.”
The Anonymous group has vowed to assist the people of Gaza in case of a telecommunication disconnect and have created a ‘care package’ which contains instructions in Arabic and English on how to stay connected to the internet even in the event the government cuts lines of communication off.
“We will use all our resources to make certain you stay connected to the Internet and remain able to transmit your experiences to the world,” stated the press release.
The Israeli military had on Wednesday kicked off its latest military operation by killing Hamas’ top commander followed by what Palestinians said were at least 60 Israeli air strikes.
Hospitals and medical centres across Gaza were put on high alert, as death tolls continue to rise.