Yemen’s internet service returns after four-day outage after airstrike | world news





ADEN (Reuters) – Internet services largely recovered in Yemen on Tuesday, residents said after a four-day outage https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/yemenis-struggle-without-internet-third-day-after-air -strikes-2022-01-23 following airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition on the Red Sea city of Hodeidah, which damaged telecom infrastructure.

The Houthi group’s deputy foreign minister, Hussein al-Ezzi, praised efforts to repair the damage and restore services in a Twitter post.

“To all friends and loved ones, we missed you,” he said.

Internet Blocking Observatory NetBlocks said on Monday at 1000 GMT that services had begun to be restored.

Seven years of conflict have divided Yemen between an internationally recognized government in the southern city of Aden and the Houthi group that largely controls the north.

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The coalition had said its attacks on Friday targeted Houthi’s military capabilities in Hodeidah, the main landing point for the country’s undersea internet connection.

The outage hampered money transfers by Yemenis outside the country. The war and subsequent economic collapse have pushed millions of people into poverty and parts of Yemen on the brink of famine.

(Reporting by Reyam Mokhashef and Mohammed Ghobari; editing by Robert Birsel)

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