DAMASCUS, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Syrian authorities have blamed "terrorists" groups for an electricity blackout that hit the capital late Sunday.
Electricity Minister Emad Khamis said armed "terrorists" groups had attacked a main feeding line that provides power for the southern region, according to the state-run SANA news agency. The government termed rebels as "terrorists."
The minister didn't specify how the "main feeding line" was hit, but said maintenance work is going on and "it needs time."
It was the first time that a major blackout overwhelmed Damascus since the deadly unrest broke out in the country 22 months ago.
Several Syrian provinces have witnessed days-long outages, which the government said were caused by sabotage acts of armed "terrorists."
The Internet had also gone out during the first hours of the blackout in Damascus before it resumed after midnight.