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Syria: Massive power blackout hits nationwide


Syria is continously suffering a massive power blackout across the country due to “unknown reasons”, state media said.

Power had been cut in all provinces and teams were trying to determine the cause.,officials are reported as saying.

The electricity ministry said “Power is being restored and service will resume by midnight (22:00 GMT)”,TV reported.

In most parts of war-torn Syria, electricity was already available only two to four hours a day. However, nationwide blackouts are rare.

Staffan de Mistura told reporters in Geneva that violence had been “greatly reduced”, despite incidents in the provinces of Homs, Hama, Latakia and Damascus. “Success is not guaranteed but progress is visible,” he added.
The Nationwide blackout has halted Internet services as well “Engineers and technicians are working on finding out why this sudden power cut happened in order to fix it promptly and restore electricity in the next few hours,” as reported by Sana news agency.

Earlier on Thursday, Amnesty Internationa said “Russian and Syrian government forces have been deliberately and systematically targeting health facilities in the northern province of Aleppo since the past 12 weeks.”

The human rights group reported that it had gathered “compelling evidence” of at least six deliberate attacks on hospitals, medical centres and clinics.

They killed three civilians, including one medical worker, and injured 44 others.

Amnesty said “The attacks were flagrant violations of international humanitarian law, aimed to pave the way for government ground forces to advance in the weeks before the cessation of hostilities took effect.”

“Hospitals, water and electricity are always the first to be attacked. Once that happens, people no longer have services to survive,” one doctor in the town of Anadan was quoted as saying.

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