Sudan’s internet goes dark as tensions in Khartoum mount

Sudan practically disappeared from the internet Wednesday morning as protesters clashed with government security forces in the capital of Khartoum. Reuters reported that six protesters were killed in what was now the third day of protests over fuel subsidy cuts. With images of the unrest making their way onto Twitter and other social media, internet access was suddenly cut around 6 AM ET today.

Arbor Networks Sudan

According to data gathered by Arbor Networks, total internet traffic out of the country dropped from about 2.5 Gbps, down to a little more than 500 Mbps at 6 AM ET. By 7 AM, it had decreased to nearly zero. At 8 AM ET, traffic picked up slightly for several hours and then dropped back down to zero.