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Internet restored in Yemen after 4-day outage

Houthi supporters take to the streets of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, during a demonstration following a reported air attack by the Saudi-led coalition on a prison in the country's rebel-held north, on 21 January 2022. [MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images]
Houthi supporters take to the streets of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, during a demonstration following a reported air attack by the Saudi-led coalition on a prison in the country's rebel-held north, on 21 January 2022. [MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images]

Internet service was restored in Yemen early Tuesday after a four-day outage, according to local residents and reported by Anadolu News Agency.

The Arab country has experienced mass internet disruptions after Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeted a telecommunications facility in the port city of Hudaydah.

The Houthi group controls internet and telecommunication services in all Yemeni provinces, including those under the control of the legitimate government.

The state-run telecom company is located in the capital Sana'a, while the marine cable that supplies internet to other provinces is located in Hudaydah. Both Sana'a and Hudaydah are controlled by Houthi rebels.

The Saudi-led coalition has ramped up attacks on Yemen in recent days in the wake of a Houthi attack that killed three people in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Iran-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including Sana'a.

A Saudi-led coalition aimed at reinstating the Yemeni government has worsened the situation. Yemen is now home to one of the world's worst man-made humanitarian crises, with nearly 80 per cent of Yemenis, or about 30 million people, needing humanitarian assistance and protection. Over 13 million are in danger of starvation, according to UN estimates.

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