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Libya now cut off

Internet services suspended as anti-government protests increase

Anti-government protests in Libya have drawn support in many countries including the US (pictured) but the country has been cut off from the internet.
Anti-government protests in Libya have drawn support in many countries including the US (pictured) but the country has been cut off from the internet.

All internet services in Libya have been cut off for a second consecutive day as anti-government protestors step-up their calls for leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down, according to American internet monitoring company, Arbor Networks.

The company said that data collected from 30 Internet providers globally showed that online traffic in and out of Libya was disconnected abruptly at 7:15 pm EST on Friday after two internet traffic interruptions earlier that day.

The internet began working again a few hours later at low levels, before dropping off the map again at 4:55 pm EST on Saturday according to the Arbor data.

The internet has been used by anti-government protestors across the Middle East and North Africa to tell the outside world what is going on and organize protests and demonstrations.

Media have reported that dozens of protestors have been killed during clashes between government forces and anti-government protestors in Benghazi on Saturday.

Recently Egypt cut all internet services for several days as protestors railed against the Egyptian government. Their protests succeeded in toppling former president Hosni Mubarak who was in power for 30 years.

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