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Some worrying reports are coming out Egypt right now – to add to all the other worrying reports I guess.

Respected blog The Arabist reports that DSL and 3G services have been taken offline in Cairo. This is confirmed by CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman, on the ground in Cairo.

Now, coincidentally or not, this has come literally within the hour after AP TV posted a video of a man being shot point blank by police. The man appears to be dead, though that is not confirmed.

The main ISPs in Egypt at TEDATA, whose own site appears to be down, Vodafone, and Egynet. In addition, Italy-based Seabone has reported that there was no Internet traffic going into or out of Egypt after 12:30 a.m. local time.

For it’s part Vodafone Egypt last tweeted on January 25 (see screen shot above), the day the protests started, and has not tweeted since. So the question is, who at Vodafone Egypt is pulling the strings and why is a seemingly independent mobile phone network appearing to go down, just when it’s customers need it most?

Certainly this, from a journalist in Cairo, does not look good at all, although it’s clearly not possible to verify:

Unfortunately, there are a lot of rumours flying around that the Egyptian government plans something on Friday that it doesn’t want the world to witness. Traditional Friday prayers are likely to be a flashpoint in the uprising.

Certainly, twitter users, wherever they are, are not amused.

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  • Freeegypt92

    To all the people of world
    The people in Egypt are under governmental siege. Mubarak regime is banning Facebook, Twitter, and all other popular internet sites. Tomorrow the government will block the 3 mobile phone network and the internet completely. And there is news that even the phone landline will be cut tomorrow, to prevent any news agency from following what will happen.
    Suez city is already under siege now. The government cut the water supply and electricity, people, including, children and elderly are suffering there now. The patients in hospitals cannot get urgent medical care. The injured protestors are lying in the streets and the riot police are preventing people from helping them. The families of the killed protestors cannot get the bodies of their sons to bury them. This picture is the same in north Saini (El-Sheikh zoyad city) and in western Egypt (Al-salom). The riot police is cracking down on protestors in Ismailia, Alexandria, Fayoum, Shbin Elkoum, and Cairo, the capital, in many neighborhoods across the city.
    The government is preparing to crackdown on the protestors in all Egyptian cities. They are using tear gas bombs, rubber and plastic pullets, chemicals like dilutes mustard gas against protestors. Several protestors today have been killed when the armored vehicles of the riot police hit them. Officials in plain clothes carrying blades and knives used to intimidate protestors.
    All this has been taken place over the past three days during the peaceful demonstrations in Cairo and other cities. Now, with the suspicious silence of the local media and the lack of coverage from the international media, Mubarak and his gang are blocking all the channels that can tell the world about what is happening.
    People who call for their freedom need your support and help. Will you give them a hand?
    The activists are flooding the net (youtube and other sites) with thousands of pictures and videos showing the riot police firing on armless people. The police started to use ammunition against protestors. 15-year old girl has been injured and another 25 year old man has been shot in the mouth. While nothing of these has appeared in the media, there is more to happen tomorrow. Will you keep silent? Will you keep your mouth shut while seeing all these cruelty and inhumane actions?
    We don’t ask for much, just broadcast what is happening

  • http://twitter.com/chapleywatson Chapley Watson

    I really hope that people are paying attention to what happens when government has control over all communications. This should be a lesson to us all because this same event could just as easily happen in any of our countries. I’m not trying to politicize this in the least bit. I’m just trying to make sure people have their eyes wide open.

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  • Mike

    Yemen and Egypt see mass demonstrations calling for the corrupt leaders of those countries to leave. Its evident that the corrupt Arab Rulers time in power has come to an end and 2011 is the year of the people. POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Corrupt-Arab-Rulers/160014007382201

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  • Anonymous

    It’s worth noting that the “seemingly independent mobile phone network” is 45% owned by the the state-controlled landline operator, Telecom Egypt.

  • Anonymous

    Statement from Vodafone-Egypt: All mobile operators in Egypt have been instructed to suspend services. Under Egyptian legislation the authorities have the right to issue such an order and we are obliged to comply with it. The Egyptian authorities will be clarifying the situation in due course.

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    The Egyptian authorities have blocked access to Facebook in the country in an effort to quell anti-government demonstrations organized by the network.
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