Syria’s five-year civil war has provided the nation with an infamous milestone – a nationwide blackout.
The Syrian government said Thursday that a well-placed rocket attack in the western Syrian city of Hama was responsible for knocking out all power across the country. Officials estimated it would take at least 12 hours to fix damage to the electrical grid, CNN reported.
Thursday’s attack comes just days after an alleged two-week truce between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and various Islamic groups.
“We have said that we are ready to stop military operations, but the issue relates to more important factors … such as preventing terrorists from using it to improve their positions,” Assad told Spanish newspaper El Pais in a recent interview, Reuters reported Feb. 21.
Roughly 250,000 people have died during Syria’s civil war, which has also contributed to Europe’s refugee crisis and the rise of the Islamic State group.