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Sun - 16 Feb 2020 - 07:08 PM ،،،

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 Local businesses have expressed their delight as internet is restored to Yemen after a weeks-long blackout caused by damage to two offshore cables.

Internet service has mostly returned to normal levels in recent days after 80 per cent outages in the country, and also affected Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sudan and Ethiopia.

The offshore cables are thought to have been cut by an anchors on January 9.

Aden internet cafe owner Muneer Mohammed, whose business is the main source of income for him and his family, said he was overjoyed that he was now able to reopen his shop.

“Alhamdulillah, the internet is back. I feel as happy as if I was opening my cafe for the first time," he said.

“The internet outage was such a disaster for me. My life went upside down, the connection is the artery of my business … and I had to pay the rent while the cafe was shut."

Internet service has mostly returned to normal levels in recent days after weeks of outages after two major cable were cuts, likely by anchors, on January 9 affecting service to Yemen.

“The connection is back now, I hope such outages won’t happen again. I will keep working day and night to cover the expenses and pay the rent of the current month” said Mr Mohammed.

Thousands of Yemenis have struggled to carry out tasks for work and in their personal lives due to the outages, which affected much of Yemen.

Yasmin, 32, who is from Al Mualla city in Aden and sells home-made cosmetics online, said the return of the internet connection has brought her small business back to life after weeks of suffering. “I had such a hard experience trying to sell my products in the mall stores. All my customers follow me online so it was really difficult for me to sell," she said.

“My sales dropped sharply and I desperately struggled to communicate with my customers."

TeleYemen, Yemen's main internet provider, said in a statement issued last Thursday that 70 per cent of the internet connection has been restored as the technical team has completed the early stages of repairs to the Falcon submarine international cable.