Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed serious concerns over the reports that Internet service has been shut down in the several parts of Syria.

“We are deeply concerned by reports that Internet service has been shut down across much of Syria, as have some mobile communication networks,” Clinton said in a statement.

“We condemn any effort to suppress the Syrian people’s exercise of their rights to free expression, assembly, and association,” she added.

Witnesses said Internet lines were cut in Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia on Friday, while a US-based Internet monitoring firm said about two-thirds of the country’s networks had been cut off from the Web.

(Agencies)