Internet and telephones cut in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state television says the country's local and international telephone lines as well as the Internet are down because of technical problems.

The station says technicians are working to fix the problem in Syria's main fiber optic cable. The report gave no further details.

Calls were not going through to Syria Monday afternoon.

Canadian network monitoring firm BGPmon said Monday that Syria was hit by a countrywide Internet outage — affecting more than 90 percent of the nation's networks — at 11:30 Syria time (0930 GMT).

Telephones and the Internet have been cut on several occasions since Syria's crisis began in March 2011.