Published on Oct 23, 2013
The bombing in the Dumar suburb came as much of Syria was plunged into darkness after a rebel attack on a gas pipeline near the capital knocked out power.
“Our activist in the area saw bodies on the ground,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
An attack by rebels near Damascus has caused a power outage across Syria, state news agency SANA quoted the electricity minister as saying.
“A terrorist attack on a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south has led to a power outage in the provinces, and work to repair it is in progress,” Emad Khamis said.
“The whole city just went dark,” said a resident who lives in the centre of the city and asked to remain anonymous. She said that she could see the “major glow of a fire” near the airport and the sound of heavy machinegun fire.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that reports on abuses and battlefield developments using sources from both sides of Syria’s civil war, said the explosion was caused by rebel artillery that hit a gas pipeline near the airport. It was not immediately clear why power was cut to the city.
The Observatory said the rebel shelling was aimed at the town of Ghasula, a few miles (km) from the airport.
Rebels have been trying to push into the capital, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for four decades.
More than 100,000 people have been killed during a pro-democracy uprising which started in March 2011.
Voice of Russia, AFP, Reuters
Rebels blast gas pipeline near Damascus causing southern Syria blackout
Edited time: October 23, 2013 22:37
A gas pipeline was attacked near Damascus causing the capital and the southern part of Syria to suffer a blackout. The electricity minister blamed the blast on rebels.
“A terrorist attack on a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south has led to a power outage in the provinces, and work to repair it is in progress,” electricity minister Emad Khamis told SANA news agency.
As the pipeline is located near Damascus International Airport, which is some 20 km away from the capital, a power outage also hit Damascus.
RT’s Arabic correspondent in Syria Abutalib Albouhaya has confirmed the power was out in the capital after the gas supply to Tashrin power plant was cut. Albouhaya also said there were several victims near a church in Dummar suburb of Damascus with gunfights going on in Qaboun and Mleha suburbs as well.