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Syria reconnects to the Internet after blackout

Internet has been restored in Syria, following a two-day communications blackout blamed on the Syrian regime.

Internet Intelligence firm Renesys and CDN specialist Akamai Technologies, reported last Thursday that Internet connectivity had been shut down completely in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Renesys has confirmed that connectivity in the country, currently in the midst of a civil war, returned on Saturday.

The Syrian government has previously cut off Internet access during major military operations but it has blamed "terrorists" for the blackout.

Although communications have resumed, reports have emerged of intense violence erupting in the capital with the Syrian army conducting a fierce bombing campaign, according to the BBC. This supports the theory that President Bashar al-Assad's regime imposed the blackout to stop information on the conflict being posted online.

On Friday, search giant Google even noted that Syrians were unable to access any of its services. including YouTube, which is commonly used by activists to upload footage from the country.

In response to the blackout, online hacktivist group Anonymous announced on Friday that it would mount a campaign against the Syrian government by attacking the servers of all of its embassies. It is yet to be revealed, whether they succeeded.

Creating a communications blackout during political turmoil is becoming more prevalent across the Middle East. It was a frequent tool used by the Egyptian government to limit information getting out about the protests that eventually led to the disposal of dictator, Hosni Mubarak, last year.

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