Mobile and Internet services have gone down again across the Gaza Strip.

A lack of fuel for backup generators is the reason behind the latest outage, which has lasted more than 20 hours.

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Palestinian telcos Paltel and Jawwal flagged the communications blackout, which is the fourth since the end of October.

Internet in Gaza went down around 3:45 pm local time yesterday (November 16), per NetBlocks.

"Dear people in our beloved homeland, We regret to announce a complete interruption of communications services (fixed, cellular, and Internet) in the Gaza Strip, after [Israel] preventing the entry of fuel and the exhaustion of all backup energy sources to operate the main network elements," said Paltel on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Gaza is currently under heavy attack from Israeli forces in retaliation for the Hamas terror attack last month.

Hamas killed more than 1,400 people in Israel in surprise attacks on October 7, with more than 200 people kidnapped.

At least 11,000 people have been killed in Gaza since October 7, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Since the start of the war with Hamas five weeks ago, Israel has blocked all but one delivery of fuel to Gaza, so resources have been scarce.

The Israeli government has defended its fuel blockade, saying Hamas could steal fuel for military purposes.

According to some media outlets, a tanker carrying 23,000 liters of diesel crossed from Egypt on Wednesday, the day before the outage, but Israel restricted its use only for the refueling of UN aid lorries.

The lack of fuel has also impacted hospitals, water pumps, desalination plants, and sewage treatment facilities.

A timeline of the Gaza Strip outages so far

The first outage, which took place on October 27, lasted for around 36 hours. The outages left most residents cut off in the region, while the Palestinian Red Crescent said it couldn't reach its teams in Gaza.

A second outage on November 1 lasted for a few hours before services were restored. Paltelco stated that communications services, including fixed, cellular, and Internet were impacted. The company noted that services had been disconnected by Israel. Some people with mobiles served by Israeli and Egyptian providers were still able to get limited connectivity.

On November 5, Gaza was hit by its third outage in the space of ten days. The outage lasted for more than 15 hours, before services were gradually restored.