Internet, phones: Syrian attacks lead to blackout

29.11.2012 - 17:08

Attacks surrounding the airport in Damascus, Syria at a radius of three to four kilometres have resulted in internet, telephone and electricity cuts which are reported as substantial.

Airlines from the region hav ealso said they are now pausing their flights to the airport for fear of technical difficulties in landing.

According to Renesys and several other sites that report on network connectivity are saying that the one router that connects most of the country to the internet has gone silent. About 92% of publicly accessible networks in the country are no longer routing through that gateway.Seems like higher ed and tata networks are still routing for now.

Also on 29 November the United Nations' first meeting of what looks to be a big day on  issues. The Joint Special Envoy Brahimi was briefing closed Security Council  meeting whilst reports of the online and telecommunications blackout.

Syrian rebel groups have been quoted by mainstream media as commenting on the attacks in the vicinity of hte airport which appear to be occuring the length of the road leading to the transport hub.

Prior reports of any interruption to communications means does correlated with periods of activity within Syria several media are suggesting.

As a lead up to the United Nations meetings being held today (29 November)  in New York where the Special Envoy for Syria will be briefing on the situation in the region Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the terrorist bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on 28 November which have left dozens killed and injured.

“There are no circumstances that justify the targeting of civilians. Such terror attacks are unacceptable,” said a statement issued by Ban’s spokesperson.

At least 34 people were reportedly killed and many injured by two car bomb explosions Jaramana, in south-eastern Damascus.

“This latest act of violence only underscores the urgency of stopping the destructive spiral of war in Syria and moving urgently toward a peaceful political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people,” the statement added.

The conflict in Syria, which began 21 months ago as an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, has led to the deaths of at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, forced over 440,000 people to neighbouring countries, and left more than 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates.

Tomorrow the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the crisis in Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is scheduled to brief the Security Council on the situation in the country.