DAMASCUS, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Electricity has started to return gradually to parts of the Syrian capital Damascus after a major blackout blanketed Syria's southern region Saturday evening.
Minister of Electricity Imad Khamis was earlier quoted by the state media as saying that the outage occurred due to a damage in one of the main lines feeding the southern rim of Syria.
Maintenance work is underway to fix the problem, he said, giving no details about reasons behind the damage.
The major blackout is the second to engulf the capital since the eruption of the political crisis in Syria almost two years ago. Last month, the armed rebels targeted a main electricity line and caused similar outage that lasted for 12 hours.