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Iran's internet has been shut down for days amid protests

A government-imposed internet blackout started Saturday, with no end in sight.


Iranians inspect a bus that was set ablaze Sunday by protesters in the city of Isfahan during a demonstration against a rise in gas prices.

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Iranians have been cut off from the internet for days as protests rage over rising fuel prices, and it's unclear when the shutdown will end. The Iranian government began a near-total shutdown of the internet on Saturday, according to CBS News. This move has largely blocked all but state media and official government reports about the demonstrations across the country. 

NetBlocks, an internet access watchdog, said that access to the internet in Iran via fixed-line and mobile providers has remained almost entirely cut off since Saturday. 

"90 hours after #Iran implemented a near-total internet shutdown, connectivity continues to flatline at just 5% of ordinary levels," the group tweeted Wednesday. 

More than 100 people across 21 cities in Iran have been killed in the protests and subsequent government crackdown, according to Amnesty International. However, the group said Tuesday that the actual death toll could be much higher. Iran's government hasn't released an official count of the number of people arrested, injured or killed since the protests began Friday, according to CBS News.

Representatives for the Iranian government couldn't immediately be reached for comment. 

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