A 1200-km natural gas pipeline carrying the commodity from Egypt into Jordan, Lebanon and ultimately Syria exploded near Damascus early Monday morning causing a near nationwide blackout. The Syrian Oil Minister suspects that this could be a terrorist act.
The natural gas pipeline supplies gas to three power stations in Syria’s south.
No deaths or injuries were reported and firefighters extinguished the blaze as power was gradually restored to the south of the country on Monday morning. The minister provided no further details on the possible attack.
This part of the pipeline has already been targeted five times during the country’s almost decade-old civil war to date, which has killed more than 400,000 and badly affected existing oil and gas infrastructure.
Syria produced around 380,000 barrels of oil per day before civil war erupted following a crackdown on protests in 2011.