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Syria regains Internet access after latest outage

Citizens in the country once again have access to the Internet, following an eight-hour outage early Wednesday.


Syria's Internet connection is up and running again.

Content delivery network Akamai revealed the Internet's return to life in the country, tweeting that traffic over its network to Syria started to flow again at about 15:30 UTC (8:30 a.m. PT). An image tweeted by Akamai showed Syrian traffic climbing up to within reach of its normal level.

Internet monitoring firm Renesys said routes to Syrian networks were restored at 15:26 UTC, which means the latest outage lasted 8 hours and 25 minutes.

A tweet earlier Wednesday from the state-run Syrian news agency said workers were trying to fix a technical problem and get the Internet back up as soon as possible. But the agency didn't explain the exact cause of the problem.

Renesys had pointed to a tweet speculating that the outage may have been related to a possible United Nations decision regarding Syria. The U.N. is expected to approve a resolution on Wednesday backing a political transition in the country and condemning the government for its use of heavy weaponry and the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, according to The Washington Post.

Syria has been hit by several Internet outages since the start of the Syrian uprising. On May 7, the Internet was offline for 19 hours. The government blamed the problem on a faulty cable. But an expert with Akamai said a single optical cable was "unlikely to cause a complete Internet outage for the country."