Syria Issues a Ban on the Apple iPhone
Published on: 5th Dec 2011
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The Syrian government has reportedly banned the use of the Apple iPhone within the country and put a ban on imports of the smartphone.
A statement apparently issued by the customs department of the Syrian finance ministry and seen by Lebanese and German media, the authorities "warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria".
The ban would seem to be a reaction by the government against protestors using smartphones to upload video footage of repression by pro-government forces.
Syrian opposition sources in Beirut confirmed the ban to the German Press Agency (DPA).
Curiously, the ban only seems to apply to Apple handsets, leaving Android smartphones unaffected.