The US applied pressure on Israel to restore connectivity in Gaza after phone and internet service was severed late last week, according to a senior US official.
The blackout — which left civilians, aid groups and journalists without any means of communicating with the outside world — came amid heavy Israeli bombardment of the enclave. Service appeared to be gradually restored on Sunday.
The official said the US made clear to Israel the importance of restoring service in Gaza.
Speaking in an interview Sunday, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan underscored the importance of communications networks in Gaza.
"We don't have a perfect picture of what is happening in Gaza. We do feel strongly that the restoration of that communications was a critical thing," he said on MSNBC. "Because aid workers need to be able to communicate, civilians need to be able to communicate, and of course, journalists need to be able to document what is happening in Gaza to report it to the wider world."
"That was something that we cared about, worked on, and we are glad to see that restoration," he said.