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Syria gas pipeline blast causes nationwide blackout

AMMAN, Aug 24: An explosion in a major gas pipeline in Syria caused a power blackout nationwide before electricity was gradually restored early Monday, state-run Syrian news agency (SANA) reported.

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a damaged gas pipeline that hit by an explosion, between the northeastern Damascus suburbs of Adra and Dumair, in Syria Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. An explosion early on Monday struck a gas pipeline in a Damascus suburb, cutting electricity throughout Syria, state media reported, citing the country’s electricity and oil ministers. (SANA via AP)

It quoted Minister of Electricity Mohammad Kharbutli as saying the explosion took place outside Damascus causing a drop in gas supply to Deir Az-Zour station and consequently forcing other stations to go out of service.
Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Ali Ghanem was quoted by SANA as saying the explosion might be “an act of terror.”
However, the real cause of the explosion is yet to be determined.
SANA said technical teams were working to restoring full electricity in all stations in coming hours.(KUNA)

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