The country has been experiencing an Internet outage for several hours, and many people on Twitter are also reporting phone lines are down. In addition, some airlines are canceling flights to Damascus.
According to Renesys, which operates a real-time grid that continuously monitors Internet routing data, all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet. The outage started at 10:26 UTC (12:26 p.m. in Damascus or 5:26 a.m. ET), and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight.
The site initially said only 92 percent of the country’s routed networks were offline, but the remainder eventually disappeared, as well. Renesys said it’s “investigating the dynamics of the outage and will post updates as they become available.”