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Mass blackout hits cities in Syria

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 2:09pm IST | Agency: ANI

A mass blackout has hit most of Syria's southern and central cities, including the capital Damascus, due to damage to key power stations.

Government engineers have started fixing the damaged stations and electricity, which went out at dawn on Monday.

Imad Khamis, the minister of electricity, said that electricity will gradually recover in the next hours.

He however did not say who was behind the sabotage, but the government blamed "armed terrorist groups" for the previous outages.

In January 2012, rebels attacked a key power line near Damascus, causing a blackout in the capital and much of southern regions. 

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