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Syria's Internet Reportedly Shut Down

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Internet service throughout Syria apparently went down on November 29.

The country, embroiled in a civil war, dropped offline at 10:26 a.m. UTC (12:26 p.m. local Damascus time), according to research firm Renesys.

"In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet," reads a post on the company's blog, published on Thursday morning.

When this occurs, Internet traffic coming into and going out of the country stops. The government of Egypt during the Arab Spring uprisings in early 2011 implemented an unprecedented crackdown on the Internet, ordering the nation's Internet service providers to cease international communications.

Activists and authorities in Syria also told the AP on Thursday that cell phone networks and landlines were also unavailable in parts of the capital.

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