Communications Blackout Ends

3:52 PM, Dec 1, 2012   |    comments
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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.

Activists say Syrian troops backed by helicopter gunships are on the offensive today against rebels in villages and town near the international airport in Damascus. The fighting over the past few weeks is the worst to hit the capital since July, when rebels captured several neighborhoods before a quick government counteroffensive swept out the opposition fighters.

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.

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