Yemenis struggle for third day without internet after airstrikes

SANAA, Jan. 23 (Reuters) – Most of Yemen faced a third day without internet on Sunday after airstrikes on the Red Sea city of Hodeidah, the main landing site for the country’s undersea internet connection, damaged telecom infrastructure.

In the capital, Sanaa, Majid Abdullah said the ongoing outage prevented him from receiving money from relatives in Saudi Arabia at an exchange office. read more

Seven years of conflict have divided Yemen between an internationally recognized government in the southern city of Aden and the Iran-affiliated Houthi group in Sanaa.

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“I don’t know what to do. We eat and drink from the (money sent by) expats abroad,” he said.

The war in Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions, while economic collapse has driven millions into poverty and brought parts of the country to the brink of starvation.

The government’s communications ministry said on Sunday it was ready to reconnect the territory under its control via another submarine cable landing in Aden, where parts of the city still have internet services. Some organizations have access to satellite internet.

Muammar Abdullah, a Yemeni living in Saudi Arabia, said he was unable to monitor his family in Sanaa, which has become important after an increase in coalition airstrikes, on a daily basis due to the internet outage. and expensive international calls instead. read more

And cut off from her internet chats with friends and family, university student Maha Muhammad in Sanaa has turned to TV.

“We went back to watching television to follow the news. I used to rely on websites and social networking sites for the latest war developments,” she said.

It remains unclear when repairs will be made in Hodeidah, or what should be done.

“If safety is guaranteed and we get guarantees that the strikes will not resume, our technicians will be ready to make the repairs,” Ali Nagi, CEO of TeleYemen telecom company Nosary, told Reuters from Sanaa.

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Reporting by Reuters Yemen team; Written by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Alexander Smith

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