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) -- Internet service was mostly restored in Syria on Saturday, according to the

Wall Street Journal

, a day after reports of an Internet blackout in the country's biggest cities.

Amidst ongoing civil unrest in the middle east nation, Web monitoring firm


reported on Friday that around two-thirds of all Syrian networks were unreachable from the global Internet. Network prefixes that remained reachable, however, included those belonging to the Syrian government, it said.



reported that the blackout affected major Syrian cities such as Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Hama.

The Internet has played a pivotal role in the wave of uprisings that has swept the middle east in recent months. Social networking giant

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, for example, was widely used by the grass roots movement which led to the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced her concern about reports of a Syrian Web blackout on Saturday, noting that the government of embattled President Bashar al-Assad has a history of restricting access to the Internet.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that

more than 1,000 people

have died in Syria since mid-March as violence in the country escalates.

--Written by James Rogers in New York.

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