SYRIA SUFFERS BLACKOUT AFTER ‘TERRORIST’ ATTACK ON PIPELINE
A suspected attack on a pipeline in Syria has caused a nationwide blackout overnight, the state news agency quoted authorities as saying on Monday.
According to the Syrian news agency SANA, Electricity Minister Zuhair Kharbotli said a pipeline blast in the Damascus area late Sunday "led to an electricity blackout across Syria" while oil minister Ali Ghanem told Al Jazeera said the explosion struck the line that feeds three power stations in southern Syria was a "terrorist attack," but he did not elaborate.
Kharbotli was quoted as saying the explosion on the Arab Gas Pipeline occurred after midnight between the northeastern Damascus suburbs of Adra and al-Dhamir.
He said this was the sixth time the pipeline had been targeted and that technicians were working to fix the problem and electricity should be restored in the coming hours. SANA published photos of a nighttime blaze it said was caused by the explosion, followed by images after dawn of a mangled pipeline missing a large chunk.