Late on September 17, Syria, which has been facing a serious power crisis, experienced a complete blackout as a result of a sabotage attack.
Ghassan al-Zamil, Syria’s electricity minister, said that the attack targeted the Arab gas pipeline, which feeds Deir Ali and Tishreen power stations, as well as two key electricity towers linking the two stations.
Explosive devices were used by the saboteurs, who managed to blew up a section of the Arab pipeline near the town of Harran al ‘ Awamid to the south of the capital Damascus.
Electricity returned to Damascus city in the early morning of September 18 and to the rest of the country a few hours later. Work is undergoing to fix the Arab gas pipeline.
The attack took place as the second batch of tankers carrying Iranian fuel imported by Hezbollah was crossing into Lebanon from Syria. Due to this, some Syrian activists speculated that the Israeli intelligence was behind the sabotage attack.
Another possibility is that the Arab pipeline was targeted by pro-opposition militants who were angered by the recent US initiative to transfer gas from Egypt and electricity from Jordan to Lebanon through Syria. Damascus, which is heavily sanctioned by Washington, is set to benefit from the deal.
Over the last few years, several sabotage attacks targeted Syria’s troubled power sector. Today, the country is facing a serious power crisis and a severe shortage of fuel. US sanctions and Lebanon’s backing crisis were blamed by top Syrian officials, including President Bashar al-Assad.
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