Blackout Across Syria After Arab Gas Pipeline Explosion, Minister Claims “Terrorist Attack”
Explosion on Arab Gas Pipeline in Damascus suburb led to a blackout across Syria on Monday. According to the state news agency SANA, the blast is a “terrorist attack” as per information received from the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Ali Ghanem. “Assessments show that the explosion … was the result of a terrorist attack,” said the minister.
The blast affected the line that feeds three power stations located in the southern part of Syria, he added. The explosion occurred between the northeastern Damascus suburbs of Adra and Al-Dumayr after Sunday midnight, SANA quoted Electricity Minister Zuhair Kharbotli as saying.
According to Kharbotli, it was the sixth time the pipeline was hit. Technicians are fixing it so that power can be gradually restored across the country.
In December 2013, three government-run oil and gas installations in central Syria were hit in an attack believed to be carried out by drones. In one of the attacks, the oil refinery of Homs was the target.
War in Syria, which started in 2011 with the suppression of anti-government protests, has resulted in innumerable deaths and displaced many.
This has also led to the Damascus government’s loss of control over key oil fields, thus causing a huge dip in state hydrocarbon revenues.
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