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Explosion on Syria gas pipeline a 'terrorist' attack: Minister

'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

Reuters , Monday 24 Aug 2020
Pipeline Explosion in Syria
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, flames rise from a gas pipeline that hit by an explosion, between the northeastern Damascus suburbs of Adra and Dumair, in Syria Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP)
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An explosion on the Arab Gas Pipeline that caused a power blackout in Syria on Monday was the result of a "terrorist" attack, state media cited the energy minister as saying.

Ikhbariya TV channel showed footage of a large fire after the explosion, which officials said occurred between the towns of Ad Dumayr and Adra, northwest of the capital of Damascus. The channel later said the fire had been extinguished.

"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 earlier said that power was gradually being restored to the country's provinces. A resident in Damascus said power had returned in the capital.

In 2013, much of Syria was hit by a power cut after rebel shelling hit a gas pipeline during the country's civil war.

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

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