There were long power outages on Friday in the majority of the neighborhoods of Damascus as a result of a "terrorist attack" on a pipeline leading to Deir Ali power station, Syrian Electricity Minister Ghassan al-Zamel said.
Syria's SANA news agency reported that the supply of electricity and gas to a number of major generators was stopped, causing blackouts in Damascus. The minister said the incident was the result of a "terrorist attack". Crews started to repair the damage.
The pipeline is part of a transregional gas export pipeline that previously brought natural gas from Egypt to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The pipeline feeds Deir Ali power station southeast of Damascus that generates half of Syria's electricity needs.