Yemen Suffers Internet Outage Nationwide After Saudi Airstrike on Telecom

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Yemen Suffers Internet Outage Nationwide After Saudi Airstrike on Telecom
People playing offline games at an internet cafe during a previous nationwide internet outage in Sanaa, Yemen, on Jan 12, 2020.
People playing offline games at an internet cafe during a previous nationwide internet outage in Sanaa, Yemen, on Jan 12, 2020.
Photo: Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua (Getty Images)

Internet service in Yemen has been taken completely offline after an airstrike by military forces led by Saudi Arabia on a telecommunications building early Friday, according to the web monitoring group NetBlocks.

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The airstrike targeted a building in the city of Al Hudaydah that housed communications infrastructure for TeleYemen, the country’s only internet provider. The extent of the damage from the airstrike is still unknown, but there are unverified reports of deaths circulating on social media, according to the Associated Press.

Saudi officials acknowledged an airstrike against what it called a “hub for piracy and organized crime” overnight, according to the AFP, but did not officially take credit for hitting a telecommunications building.

TeleYemen is controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have been fighting for control of the country since 2014. As NetBlocks notes, the port city of Al Hudaydah, also known as Hodeida, is where the undersea FALCON cable makes landfall and brings telecommunications capabilities to Yemen in the populous western part of the country.