Syria state TV says Internet service restored

In this Sunday, May 5, 2013 image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, armed men stand near the wreckage of a military helicopter, left, in Deir el-Zour, Syria. Syrian rebels shot down a military helicopter in the country's east, killing eight government troops on board a day after opposition forces entered a sprawling military air base in the north, activists said Monday. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV and a U.S.-based Internet monitor say Internet service in Syria has been restored after a countrywide outage that lasted more than 16 hours.

It's not clear what caused the outage that began Tuesday evening and lasted until mid-afternoon Wednesday.

Syrian state media cited technical problems but there was also speculation that the regime had pulled the plug, possibly as a cover for military actions.

However, no large regime offensives have been Wednesday.

Syrian websites, including that of the state news agency, are accessible again after state media reported that service had been restored.