Power Outage Hits Damascus as Fighting Continues

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The Syrian government blamed a rebel attack Monday for a blackout that hit much of the country's south overnight.

The entire capital of Damascus lost power, the first time the entire city has been in the dark since the Syrian conflict began.

The blackout hit residents especially hard because of rampant fuel shortages and the winter cold that pushed temperatures below freezing overnight.

"We covered ourselves from the cold in blankets because there was no diesel or electricity for the heaters," retired teacher Mariam Ghassan, 60, said. "We changed our whole lives to get organized for power cuts, but now we have no idea when the power will come or go."

Government forces still control Damascus. They say half of the city's power has been restored.

Surrounding areas controlled by rebels haven't had power in months because of frequent air strikes.

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