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Two US-based internet-monitoring companies say Syria has shut off the internet nationwide.
A blog post on Renesys, a US company which tracks internet traffic worldwide, said that at 12.26pm in Damascus, Syria's international internet connectivity shut down completely.
Akamai Technologies also confirmed a complete outage.
Of the 37,387 who have perished since fighting began, 6,992 were killed in Homs and 6,750 in the suburbs of Damascus, the Violations Documentation Center said.
The total number includes 3,061 government soldiers, which the group only recently started to include in its count.
The U.N. refugee office says 414,838 Syrians are in neighboring countries registered as refugees or waiting to register. Turkey has the single highest number, with 114,944, it says.
Activists in Syria reached Thursday by satellite telephone confirmed the blackout.
The Twitter hash tag #Syriablackout has been established for people wishing to track or make comments on this issue.