Undersea Cables Damaged in Med: Communications Disrupted

Bloomberg News is reporting that Internet, data and telephone communications are being disrupted after three submarine cables carrying more than 75 percent of traffic between the Middle East, Europe and America and running from Alexandria in northern Egypt to Sicily in southern Italy in the Mediterranean Sea were damaged.

There is no estimate as to when the service will return to normal.

In January, an anchor severed the cables outside Alexandria after bad weather conditions forced ships to moor off the coast. It is suspected that this is the cause for the current problem as well.

UPDATE: The BBC is reporting that the cut cables are now (Monday, 22 December) being repaired. Estimates are that it will take at least a few days before the repairs are completed.


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