Monitoring firm confirms Internet service in Syria largely restored
A Syrian man connects on his Facebook account at an internet cafe, in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday Feb. 8, 2011. (AP / Muzaffar Salman)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, December 1, 2012 11:32AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, December 1, 2012 11:56AM EST
BEIRUT -- A U.S.-based firm that monitors online activity has confirmed a "largely complete" restoration of Internet service in Syria following a two-day, nationwide blackout.
Renesys, which studies Internet disruptions, said in a statement Saturday that service went back up around 4:32 local time in Syria.
The communications blackout began Thursday, raising fears of a burst of fighting outside the public eye. The government and rebels have blamed each other for cutting the lines.
Syrian troops are fighting a 20-month-old revolt against the President Bashar Assad's regime. Activists say some 40,000 people have been killed in the violence.