Syrian Oil and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Ghanim recognized the explosion on a gas pipeline near Damascus as a terrorist act, the state agency SANA reports.
“After assessing the situation in the area of the explosion, it became clear that this was a terrorist attack,” Ghanim said.
He did not specify whether there was any information about the perpetrators until no militant group took responsibility for the attack.
An explosion occurred on a gas pipeline between the Dumair and Adra areas near Damascus on the morning of 24 August. As a result of the emergency, all of Syria was left without electricity. After a few hours, a partial power supply was restored. According to Ghanim, the blown-up highway fed the entire southern region of the country.
Eyewitnesses published footage from the site of the gas pipeline explosion on social media. The media note that dozens of fire brigades have been pulled into the place of the emergency, and the fire that has arisen after the explosion continues.
Since 2011, an armed conflict has continued in Syria. Despite the fact that by now most of the country’s territory is controlled by official Damascus, separate militant groups continue to operate in the SAR.