Nationwide power outage plunges war-torn Syria into darkness

Cairo: War-devastated Syria Friday plunged into a nationwide power outage due to a technical problem, the government said.

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“A breakdown in the network has resulted in general electricity blackout,” Minister of Electricity Ghassan Al Zamel said, according to the Syrian News Agency SANA.

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“Work is under way to return the electric current to all generating plants,” he added.

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SANA reported that electricity began to gradually return.

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“Maintenance teams are working to bring electricity back to normal during the next few hours,” the agency quoted a source at the ministry as saying.

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Syria is in the grip of severe economic hardships amid a destructive war of nearly 10 years.

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