DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A power outage has plunged Damascus and southern Syria into darkness, Syria’s state news agency reported on Saturday evening.

SANA quoted Electricity Minister Imad Khamis as saying that a problem with a high tension line had left the country’s south without power.

The blackout affects Syria’s capital, Damascus, and the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida, which abut the Jordanian border.

An Associated Press reporter in Damascus reported dark streets across the capital since a fuel shortage makes it hard for residents to run backup generators.

Damascus and southern Syria was last hit by a major blackout on Jan. 20.

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