Internet traffic from Syria vanishes in the midst of ongoing conflict

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Google, Renesys, and others point to an internet blackout in Syria, the latest blow in an ongoing conflict. Analytics group Renesys confirmed about an hour ago that internet had apparently gone dark, something that was echoed in Google’s real-time transparency report. Umbrella Security Labs has also corroborated this. The apparent outage comes days after the Israeli military conducted airstrikes near Syria’s capital, apparently destroying a scientific research facility. Around the same time, reports began circulating of “massacres” in the towns of Bayda and Baniyas: activists have said that militias fighting for President Assad killed dozens or even hundreds over two days, and gruesome photos and videos appear to show the bodies of…

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