The electricity minister Mohammad Kharboutli earlier said that power was gradually being restored to the country's provinces. A resident in Damascus said power had returned in the capital. This is the 6th explosion at that part of the pipeline, Kharboutli added.
James Jeffrey, the US pointman on Syria, told journalists the United States was still looking into who was responsible for the pipeline attack. "But it was almost certainly a strike by ISIS," Jeffrey noted.
The 1,200 km Arab Gas Pipeline system extends from Egypt into Jordan and Syria. Syria’s oil and gas infrastructure has been hit over the past years by acts of sabotage but no one has ever claimed responsibility for such attacks.