Yemenis struggle without internet for third day after airstrikes

SANAA (Reuters) – Much of Yemen faced a third day without internet on Sunday after airstrikes hit the Red Sea town of Hodeidah, the main undersea internet landing point. of the country, have damaged its telecommunications infrastructure.



People wait outside the TeleYemen company to get a satellite internet connection amid an internet service outage in Sanaa


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People wait outside the TeleYemen company to get a satellite internet connection amid an internet service outage in Sanaa



People wait outside the TeleYemen company to get a satellite internet connection amid an internet service outage in Sanaa


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People wait outside the TeleYemen company to get a satellite internet connection amid an internet service outage in Sanaa

In the capital Sanaa, Majid Abdullah said he was unable to receive money from relatives in Saudi Arabia at a currency exchange due to the ongoing outage.

Seven years of conflict have divided Yemen between an internationally recognized government based in the southern city of Aden and the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Sanaa.

“I don’t know what to do. We eat and drink with (money sent from) expats abroad,” he said.



People wait outside the TeleYemen company to get a satellite internet connection amid an internet service outage in Sanaa


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People wait outside the TeleYemen company to get a satellite internet connection amid an internet service outage in Sanaa

The war in Yemen has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, while economic collapse has pushed millions into poverty and parts of the country to the brink of famine.

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The government’s communications ministry said on Sunday it was ready to reconnect territory under its control via another undersea cable that lands in Aden, where parts of the city still have internet services. Some organizations have access to the Internet via satellite.



A man talks on a cellphone as he sits in an empty internet cafe amid an internet service outage in Sanaa


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A man talks on a cellphone as he sits in an empty internet cafe amid an internet service outage in Sanaa

Muammar Abdullah, a Yemeni living in Saudi Arabia, said he was unable to carry out daily checks on his family in Sanaa, which have become important after an increase in coalition airstrikes, due to Internet outage and instead have to perform expensive operations. international calls.



Cashiers at a money transfer company wait for customers amid an internet service outage in Sanaa


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Cashiers at a money transfer company wait for customers amid an internet service outage in Sanaa

And cut off from her internet chats with friends and family, university student Maha Muhammad from Sanaa has turned to television.

“We started watching television again to follow the news. I used to rely on websites and social networking sites for the latest developments in the war,” she said.

It remains unclear when repairs to Hodeidah will be carried out, or what needs to be done.

“If security is guaranteed and we get guarantees that strikes will not resume, our engineers are ready to carry out the repairs,” Ali Nagi, CEO of telecommunications company TeleYemen Nosary, told Reuters from Sanaa.

(Reporting by Reuters Yemen team; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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