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Internet, cell phone signals in Syria cut off

CAIRO, Nov 30 — Most Internet services in Syria were cut off Thursday with cell phone signals also disrupted, US technology companies monitoring the war-torn country's web traffic said.

Xinhua news agency reports that starting 12:26 p.m. local time (1026 GMT), Syria's international Internet connectivity was shut down.

"In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from Internet connections," US company Renesys said on its website.

According to Syrian activists, Syrian government often cuts Internet and phone services before launching major military operations, which on Thursday prompted speculations of imminent offensives by government troops.

During the day, government troops and opposition forces have engaged in clashes near the capital, which cut off transport to Damascus airport.

Earlier on Thursday, an explosive device went off near the house of a leading member of Syria's ruling al-Baath party in the southern province of Daraa, killing three policemen and injuring others.

The 50-kg explosive device went off in front of the house of a secretary of al-Baath party in Daraa, causing damage to nearby buildings.

On Wednesday, a car bomb rattled the Busra town on the countryside of Daraa and killed two people.

Fighting has intensified between government troops and Western-backed rebels, who are trying to erode the Syrian government's grip on the capital and elsewhere in Syria in the hope of hastening collapse of the Syrian administration.(PNA/Xinhua)

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