Sunday, 07 March, 2021


Syria blackout after suspected pipeline attack: state media

Explosion at gas pipeline leads to blackout in Syria, says energy minister Suspected pipeline attack leads to blackout across Syria
Bennie Garza | 26 August, 2020, 21:25

No one has claimed responsibility for the massive fire that engulfed the Arab Gas Pipeline early Monday, which according to local media, caused no casualties but did result in much of the country losing power.

"We are still looking into (the explosion)".

U.S. Syria envoy James Jeffrey said the attack was "almost certainly a strike" by the Islamic State group.

The state news agency SANA quoted Electricity Minister Zuhair Kharbotli as saying the explosion on the "Arab Gas Pipeline" occurred after midnight Sunday between the northeastern Damascus suburbs of Adra and Dumair.

Gas is supplied from Jordan to Mishra by this pipeline. The explosion is the sixth of his kind to target the same gas line. It is specified that the fire has now been extinguished. Foreign forces also intervened in Syria, but President Assad has managed to save his power.

A witness said the explosion was seen by nearly all residents of Damascus.

The pipeline explosion was the latest in a string of alleged attacks against the government's energy infrastructure. Alleged drone attacks in December hit an oil refinery in the central city of Homs, the government said.

Syria's war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced more than half the prewar population since it started in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.

The gas flow has been resumed to electricity stations in the southern region in Syria, SANA said, citing Bassam Tarraf, head of the Syrian Gas Company.

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