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Cables at the bottom of the Red Sea damaged. They connect Europe with Asia

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Several undersea cables in the Red Sea region were damaged, HGC Global Communications reported. 90 percent of the data exchanged between Europe and Asia is transmitted via cables lying at the bottom of the Red Sea.

Yemen separatists Houthis they claim that it was not them who damaged the cables, the AP reported. They accuse Western countries conducting military operations in the region.

However, what may prove against the separatists is the fact that a few weeks before the incident that took place on February 24, the recognized government Yemen warned of an expected rebel attack on undersea telecommunications and internet cables.

Cut cables at the bottom of the Red Sea

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The Asia-Africa-Europe 1, Europe India Gateway, Seacom and TGN-Gulf cables were damaged – specialists from HGC Global Communications reported. According to the American company Seacom, preliminary tests indicate that the location of the cable damage is in Yemen’s territorial waters.

Cable damage affected 25 percent. Internet traffic between Asia and Europe and the Middle East – according to HGC estimates reported by CNN.

HGC did not say how the cables were damaged or who was responsible. In turn, Seacom, based in South Africawhich owns one of the damaged cables, said repairs would not begin for at least another month, partly due to the time needed to obtain permits to operate in the area, CNN reported.

It added that underwater cables are the “invisible force that powers the internet”, with many of them funded in recent years by internet giants such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. The American portal also pointed out that damage to these undersea networks could cause extensive interruptions in Internet access, as happened after the earthquake in Taiwan in 2006.

Cables in the Red Sea region

However, it is not clear whether the Houthis have the technical means to cut the undersea cables. They could have been interrupted by accident, by anchors dropped by one of the ships immobilized by the Houthi attacks. This will only become clear when specialists examine the cables on site.

Currently, 14 cables run through the Red Sea. There are plans to install another six.

Main photo source: Vismar UK/Shutterstock

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