Syria Cuts Off Internet Access

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Two U.S. based Internet monitoring companies say Syria's government has shut down the Internet across the country.

Activists in Syria reached on November 29 by satellite telephone confirmed the unprecedented blackout, which comes amid heavy fighting in Damascus.

Renesys, a U.S.-based network-security firm that studies Internet disruptions, says Syria effectively turned off the Internet around noon.

Another U.S.-based company that distributes content on the Internet, Akamai Technologies, also confirmed a complete outage for Syria.

Syria has partially cut Internet access during the 20-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad but a nationwide shutdown is unprecedented.

Meanwhile, Egypt's and Dubai's carriers said they had suspended flights to Damascus on November 29, as Syrian authorities reportedly blocked the airport road due to clashes in nearby suburbs.

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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