Internet appears to be back on in Syrian capital

By BASSEM MROUE
Associated Press
In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 photo, night falls on a Syrian rebel-controlled area as destroyed buildings, including Dar Al-Shifa hospital, are seen on Sa'ar street after airstrikes  targeted the area last week, killing dozens in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
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In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 photo, night falls on a Syrian rebel-controlled area as destroyed buildings, including Dar Al-Shifa hospital, are seen on Sa'ar street after airstrikes targeted the area last week, killing dozens in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

BEIRUT (AP) — Internet service appears to have been restored in the Syrian capital following a two-day, nationwide communications blackout.

An Associated Press reporter in the capital, Damascus, says service is back. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said access to the Internet had been restored, saying it was getting dispatches from Damascus, the central cities of Homs and Hama, the northern city of Aleppo and areas along the coast.

The communications blackout began Thursday, raising fears of a burst of fighting outside the public eye. The government and rebels have blamed each other for cutting the lines.

Syrian troops are fighting a 20-month-old revolt against the President Bashar Assad's regime. Activists say some 40,000 people have been killed in the violence.