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Middle East Attacks Could Be Behind Global Internet Slowdown

HGC Global Communications said in a press release on Monday that damage to undersea cables in the Red Sea has negatively impacted about 25 percent of internet traffic between Asia and Europe.

The telecommunications company emphasized the seriousness of the situation as follows: press release Note that 4 out of more than 15 submarine cables were severed. (Related: British ship carrying tons of fertilizer sinks at sea after being attacked by Houthis, raising concerns about environmental disaster)

“Given this situation, HGC has already taken the necessary steps to alleviate the burden on our customers. We are developing a comprehensive diversity plan to reroute affected traffic. “We were extremely successful,” the press release reads in part. Cable cutting remains an “extremely rare event” and “has a significant impact on telecommunications networks in the Middle East,” HGC's Feb. 29 press release said. read. Neither press release mentions who was responsible for the cable damage.

The Houthis, who have been behind attacks on ships entering the Red Sea out of sympathy for Hamas, are blamed in some quarters for the incident, the Globe reported. report. Repairs to damage caused by Yemeni rebels reportedly could take at least eight weeks. The Houthis deny being behind the submarine cable attack, but according to CNN. “We are not targeting maritime cables. [the] Rebel leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi reportedly said he had connected countries in the region to the internet.

According to CNN's official news agency, Houthi rebels claimed British and American military forces in the area were responsible for the attack.

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