As the United States and Russia gear up to a summit to discuss their options for handling the ongoing civil conflict in Syria, the country has dropped 79 percent of its Internet connections, according to monitoring company Renesys.

Most of the dropped connections are routed through the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment.

A similar outage of Syrian Telecommunications connections occurred in November. At that time, Renesys said the blackout was consistent with the operation of a government kill switch.

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