Airport road reopens but Internet still cut off

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Associated Press

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 7:04 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government has reopened the road to the Damascus airport -- a sign that the fighting in the area could be easing.

Rebels are continuing to battle regime troops south of the capital. And Internet service is non-existent nationwide for a second day. Most telephone lines are also out.

President Bashar Assad's regime and opposition activists blame each other for the outage, which is the first to hit the whole country since Syria's 20-month-old uprising began.

Syrian authorities previously have cut Internet and telephones in areas where military operations are planned.

An AP reporter in the capital says Damascus is largely quiet, though there are sounds of fighting in the suburbs.

A British group that has a network of activists around Syria says there were intense clashes after midnight in areas near the airport, but the group says the situation there was calm by late morning, and that the main road to the airport was open by early afternoon. It says rebels were able to destroy several army vehicles near the airport.

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