Nationwide Internet blackout in Syria

Internet down nationwide in Syria, 2 US-based Internet-monitoring companies say

Associated Press
Nationwide Internet blackout in Syria
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In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Free Syrian Army fighters capture a helicopter at the Marj al-Sultan military air base in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

BEIRUT (AP) -- Two US-based Internet-monitoring companies say Syria has shut off the Internet nationwide.

Activists in Syria reached Thursday by satellite telephone confirmed the unprecedented blackout, which comes amid intense fighting in the capital, Damascus.

Renesys, a U.S.-based network security firm that studies Internet disruptions, says Syria effectively disappeared from the Internet at 12:26 p.m. local time.

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

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

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