Syrian armed groups fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad are reportedly attacking the country’s infrastructure, local media say.
Syrian media said on Friday that the anti-government armed groups shelled a power generator near the capital Damascus, causing blackouts in the surrounding areas.
The Syrian Minister of Electricity Imad Khamis told the state news agency (SANA) that the country’s firefighting service has managed to put out the fire caused by the attack.
Gunmen have also reportedly targeted military units charged with protecting an oilfield in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
Local media also said that several assailants were killed in an exchange of fire between the armed rebels and the Syrian security forces.
Meanwhile, five people including policemen lost their loves in two separate car bombings in Damascus. Another car bomb attack killed two policemen in the northwestern province of Idlib.
Violence rages on in Syria despite a UN-brokered ceasefire, which is part of the peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011 and many people, including hundreds of security forces, have been killed in the country over the past 15 months.
While the West and the Syrian opposition say the government is responsible for the killings, Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest and insists that it is being orchestrated from abroad.