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 governement 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 said Thursday that cell phone networks and landlines were also unavailable in parts of the capital.
“The government has previously cut phone lines and Internet access in areas where regime forces are conducting major military operations,” reports AP.
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