Syria gas pipeline explosion leads to total blackout: Minister

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An explosion on the Arab Gas Pipeline has caused a power blackout in Syria and initial indications point to an attack, the energy minister told state-run television on Monday.

The Ikhbariya TV channel showed footage of a large fire following the explosion, which officials told state media occurred between the Syrian towns of Ad Dumayr and Adra, northwest of the capital of Damascus.

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“Assessments show that the explosion ... was the result of a terrorist attack,” state news agency SANA quoted Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ghanem as saying. He did not provide further detail.

The electricity minister was quoted by state news agency SANA as saying that power had gradually started being restored to the country’s provinces.

The Arab Gas Pipeline system extends from Egypt into Jordan and Syria.

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