Syria suffers new internet blackout

Internet connections between war-torn nation and rest of the world collapse, says tracking firm

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Internet connections between Syria and the rest of the world were down, a US web tracking firm said on Wednesday, and phone lines into Damascus from other countries were not working.

"Syrian Internet offline again 07:01 UTC / 10:00 am local," Renesys said on its Twitter account.

This is the sixth communications blackout of the two-year-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and web tracking firms say the government is probably responsible.

Authorities blamed a blackout last week on a malfunctioning optic cable.

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