Blackout Hits Syria, Leaving Country Without Electricity and Internet

Power gradually returns to parts of war-torn country, amid 'attempts to find out the cause of the outage.'

Syrian government forces drive near smoke billowing from Aleppo's thermal power plant after re-taking the eastern outskirts of Syria's Aleppo from ISIS fighters on February 21, 2016.

REUTERS - Syria's electricity supply was gradually returning after it was cut across the country on Thursday and Internet connections were briefly disrupted, state media said.

SANA news agency quoted the electricity minister saying that the network was returning and would be restored to its earlier capacity by midnight. It did not say what caused the cut.

It said earlier that the "electricity work has been cut in all governorates. Attempts to find the cause of the outage have begun."

A Reuters witness confirmed that electricity had gone down in Damascus, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the five-year-old conflict in Syria, said that power had been cut in the "vast majority of governorates". 

SANA reported the Syria Telecommunications Company as saying Internet services were partially halted on Thursday "as a result of sudden damage to one of the network hubs", but were later restored.