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Things are so bad in Syria that all the lights and power went out

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The western Middle East, including Syria, as seen from space in July 2015. (sjrankin/Flickr)

Syria is in the dark, literally. It's a blackout. They're experiencing nationwide power outages because power was cut in most of the country, as was Internet service and cellphone service.

During the prolonged and pretty horrifying civil war, electricity has only been available for a few hours during the day. The thing is, the Syrian government doesn't have total control over the whole electrical grid--the parts of Syria being held by ISIS and by rebels use fuel-powered generators for electricity.

Still, Syrian media--which is run by the government--says power is slowly being returned. The power service will take around 12 hours to be completely restored.

Electricity Ministry: Power is gradually returning to Syrian areas after the cause of outage was found...network will be restored to its earlier capacity by midnight.

Posted by Syrian Arab News Agency SANA on Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Things are so bad in Syria that all the lights and power went out

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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