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Rebel attacks knock out power supply in south

BEIRUT: Electricity rationing has risen throughout southern Syria due to rebel attacks on power facilities, state news agency SANA said Monday. 

The Electricity Ministry said a number of generating stations stopped working after “armed terrorist groups,” the regime’s term for rebels, halted the flow of gas supplies from the Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon to stations in the south of the country. 

The ministry said it was working to carry out repairs and acknowledged that “repeated attacks” by rebels had prevented the production of around 2,000 megawatts, calling it a “methodical plan to target the infrastructure of the Syrian people.”

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 08, 2014, on page 8.

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