Internet is Back To Libya After Several Hours of Going Offline

19 Feb, 2011

As the Libyan revolution rage, renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn at 23:18 GMT (Friday night, 1:18am Saturday local time), and Libya was off the Internet. But it went back as Rensys post says ” Two-thirds of Libyan routes came back to life at 6:01 UTC (8:01 local time), and the remainder were restored nine minutes later. At the moment, spot checks of Libyan domains and traceroutes into affected networks indicate that connectivity has been restored, and Libya is back on the Internet.”

Looking at Google’s Transparency Report we see traffic is picking up.

However according to Aljazeera Facebook, Twitter and aljazeera’s site are still blocked in the country.

Shutting down the Internet is one techniques the regime is using in emulation of what the Egyptian regime did before it fell. The blockade is done to stop the news about the unrest in the country and stop people from organizing and coordinating protests across the country.

Libya days of anger has raged and according to Aljazeera (Arabic link), around 42 people died in Libya and several cities in country including Benghazi has fallen into the hands of demonstrators.

The Arab world is going into an exciting time of anti dictatorship and corruption revolutions, they succeed so far in toppling the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.

#image via Aljazeera.

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