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Damaged Red Sea cables disrupt internet traffic in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East

The damaged undersea cables will impact 25% of internet traffic in the affected regions.

If you’ve been experiencing issues with your internet, then this might be the reason why. Submarine cables in the Red Sea were damaged, disrupting telecommunications networks and causing connectivity issues in parts of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, reports CNN on Monday.

The damaged undersea cables will impact an estimated 25% of internet traffic between the regions. Repairs might not start for at least another month, said one partly because of the time it takes to get permits to operate in the area.

The internet relies on underwater cables that span the oceans, connecting continents and countries. These cables are vulnerable to natural disasters and other hazards. For example, a 2006 earthquake in Taiwan severed several cables and disrupted internet services across Asia.

The destruction of the Red Sea cables comes as the waterway remains a target of Yemen’s Houthi rebels. However, the Houthis have denied attacking the lines.

Internet traffic using the lines will be rerouted until the damaged cables are repaired.

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