Anchor Did Damage at Least One Cable

Susan Hall

The company that owns one of the damaged cables that cut Internet access in the Middle East says it was cut by a ship's anchor. Egypt announced earlier that reports were incorrect that anchors damaged two cables in the Mediterranean, which also affected access in southern Asia.


FLAG Telecom said its repair ship recovered one end of the cut Falcon cable in the Persian Gulf, 35 miles north of Dubai, , reports The Wall Street Journal. Also nearby, it hauled up an anchor weighing more than 5.5 tons from the ocean floor.


The company said it is trying to fix the cable, despite rough weather. Reuters reported Thursday that three of the cables are expected to be repaired by Sunday. This Slate piece details what such repair entails.


With little to go on about the cause of the cuts, conspiracy theorists have gone wild speculating on what might have damaged at least four cables in one week.

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