Internet, phone networks collapse in Gaza, threatening to worsen humanitarian crisis

Smoke rises after an Israeli strike Thursday, on the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — Internet and telephone services collapsed across the Gaza Strip on Thursday for lack of fuel, the main Palestinian provider said, bringing a potentially long-term blackout of communications as Israel signaled its offensive against Hamas could next target the south, where most of the population has taken refuge.