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Syrian daily roundup Sep 23: Power cut off hits several provinces in Syria

Al-Thawra Dam in the province of Raqa, includes the biggest hydroelectric power generator in Syria. Photo source: SRCC.

The majority of Syrian cities and towns have been left without electricity due to the failure of the country’s main hydroelectric power generator in the province of Raqa. The entire cities of Aleppo and Hama and parts of the coastal cities of Latakia, Jableh, Banyas and Tartus as well as the cities of Homs and Damascus were hit by power cuts prompting a state of chaos and panic.
 
Local Syrian opposition featuring the National Coordination Body (NCB) and some 20 other opposition parties started a National Conference for Rescuing Syria in Damascus on Sunday; the conference was attended by ambassadors from Russia, Iran and China in a bid to end the 19-month conflict in the country, it also renewed its call for the overthrow of the Assad regime.
 
The conference came as fierce fighting broke out between the rebels and regime forces in the neighbourhood of Ruken Adin in Damascus whereby a number of blasts shocked the neighbourhoods of Zahera and Tadamon and the area behind the Four Seasons Hotel in the city centre, no casualties were reported.
 
Fierce shelling and summary executions continued in the capital where regime forces executed a number of civilians in the neighbourhoods of Qadam, Barzeh, Qabun and Hajar Aswad and in the provincial town of Moadamihya, while a number of civilians were killed due to the indiscriminate shelling in the provincial towns of Zamalka, Sayeda Zeinba and Harasta. Regime forces also demolished and detonated a number of buildings in the neighbourhood of Zohour.
 
An airstrike by MIG fighter jet randomly targeting residential buildings in the village of Abou Rimal in Hama suburbs left seven people dead including four children. Fighter jets also bombarded a number of towns and villages in the districts of Sahl al-Ghab and Shahshabo Mountain.
 
Regime’s fighter jets renewed their bombardment in the western suburbs of Aleppo, while heavy artillery deployed in Menneg military airport pounded the Aleppo suburb of Tal Refaat following an attack launched by rebel fighters on the airport. Regime forces also shelled the areas surrounding the Aleppo International Airport and the neighbourhoods of al-Bab Road, Hollok and Bustan Qaser.
 
Regime forces also continued their massive military offensive throughout the country, killing dozens of civilians, wounding hundreds others and forcing thousands of them to flee their homes. They fiercely shelled the Homs suburbs of Abel, Bowayda Sharqiya, Ghanto, Talbiseh and Rastan. Meanwhile, heavy clashes broke out in the neighbourhoods of Jobar and Sultaniya as regime forces tried to enter the neighbourhoods amid heavy shelling by heavy artillery.
 
Regime forces also shelled the Daraa suburbs of Mataya, Ghasem, Bosra, Ma’arbeh, Um Mayathen and the village of the Lajat district. They also shelled the neighbourhood of Sheikh Yasin in the city of Deir Azzour and the its provincial town of Boukamal amid heavy clashes with rebel fighters
 
The fierce and indiscriminate shelling also targeted the Idlib suburbs of Ma’arrat Noman, Salqin, Mhambel, Taftanaz, Bashiriya and Mashemshan. They shelled the Latakia suburbs of Bain Awan and the villages located at the Nawba Mountain. They fiercely bombarded the Raqa suburbs of Turcoman, Tabaqa, Sard and Solouq as well as the Qaunaitera suburb of Jubata Khashab. 

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