Libya Briefly Disconnects From Internet

There have been multiple credible reports of a complete closure of all Internet traffic into and out of Libya for a portion of an hour twice late last night.

Al Jazeera said Friday that its broadcasting signal was being jammed on several over-the-air TV frequencies. Ammon News reported that sources identified the Al Jazeera jamming and outages as having been been pinpointed at Libya.

Reuters reported Al Jazeera’s website had been blocked in Libya.

Agence France-Presse reported Friday that Facebook access was being blocked in Tripoli, the Libyan capital and Internet service was either slow or unavailable.

Internet authority Renesys wrote in a blog post that the company had confirmed that “the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn at 23:18 GMT (Friday night, 1:18am Saturday local time), and Libya is off the Internet,” suggesting that the Libyan cutoff is complete.

In a subsequent update, Renesys posted to its blog that “connectivity has been restored, and Libya is back on the Internet.”

In an update of the death toll from the violence in Libya, Human Rights Watch said at least 84 people have been killed in three days of protests in several cities in Libya, based on telephone interviews with local hospital staff and witnesses.

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