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Gaddafi Regime Cuts Off Syria From Global Network, Major ISP Shut

In what seems to be a desperate effort by the Gaddafi regime to prevent its citizens from accessing global news and information amidst of a growing civil unrest in the country, the Syrian government has shutdown all the internet services in the country.

According to a report by Renesys, a leading Internet monitoring firm, almost two third of the country’s networks had gone off the radar since 7 am, yesterday morning,

The shutdown has reportedly brought down most of the country’s ISPs including iNet, Sawa and RunNet. Not only that, all 3G mobile data networked belonging to SyriaTel have also found itself at the receiving end of this shutdown.

“Starting at 3:35 UTC today (6:35am local time), approximately two-thirds of all Syrian networks became unreachable from the global Internet,” James Cowie, the chief technology officer at Renesys wrote in a blog post.

“Over the course of roughly half an hour, the routes to 40 of 59 networks were withdrawn from the global routing table,” he added.

Cowie also said that the few networks that seemed unaffected to some extent by this sudden crackdown were all Syrian government owned websites.

According to another report by The Washington Post, a Syrian government sponsored website has confirmed the unavailability of all fixed line and wireless networks throughout the country.