InternetThe internet in Syria appears to have returned after a nationwide blackout knocked the country offline for more than 19 hours.  Monitoring company Renesys noted signs of activity at around 14:30 GMT (17:30 local time) on Wednesday.  Local state-run media had reported earlier that a “fault in optical fibre cables” was to blame for the blackout.  However, experts dismissed this explanation as “unlikely”.  David Belson, of Akamai, said: “Our monitoring shows that Syria’s international internet connectivity is through at least four providers, and published submarine cable maps show connectivity through three active cables.  “As such, the failure of a single optical cable is unlikely to cause a complete internet outage for the country.”  Syria last experienced a shutdown for three days last November. Activists say the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is attempting to “silence” rebel communications.  The Syrian government blamed that incident on “terrorists”, but internet experts said it was more likely that the regime had shut down the web.  The government has been fighting a bloody internal conflict for two years.

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