Syria is back online – at least parts of it are, according to Syrian netizens abroad, who have been trying frantically to connect with loved ones during a three day communications and Internet blackout.
Rime Allaf breaks the news on Twitter:
@rallaf: Several Syrian friends have just gotten back online from Damascus, welcome back! #Syria
Blogger Razan Ghazzawi exclaims:
@RedRazan: What is happening now on FB [Facebook] is extraordinary: our friends are posting now, we're watching our homepage with joy. #InternetBackinSyria #Syria
She doesn't hide her happiness:
@RedRazan: I am speaking to several friends based in Damascus. I sound like a child but I am just so happy! #InternetBackInSyria #Syria
And she adds:
@RedRazan: “Imagine how happy we'll be when Assad falls,” is what many Syrians are posting on Facebook now that #InternetBackInSyria #Syria
Meanwhile, Brian Whitaker quips:
@Brian_Whit: It's Saturday, and Asma wants to do some online shopping #syria
Asma Al Assad, wife of Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad, is allegedly a keen Internet shopper.