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State news agency: Power outage hits much of Syria

October 23, 2013
Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state news agency says a blackout has hit much of the country following an attack that damaged the gas pipeline that supplies power stations in southern Syria.

SANA quoted the electricity minister as saying maintenance crews are working to restore power.

The minister blamed the attack on "terrorists," a term the government uses to refer to those trying to topple President Bashar Assad.

It was not immediately clear how extensive Wednesday's blackout is, and whether every corner of the country was affected.

Damascus and southern Syria have been struck by several major power outages over the course of the country's civil war.

Many rebel-held parts of the country have been without power for months.



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