Venezuela’s power system was the target of another “terrorist attack” on Sunday, Electric Energy Minister Nestor Reverol said, referring to power outages in the Caracas region and other parts of the country from Latin America.
There was an explosion and a fire at an electrical substation in the municipality of Jose Angel Lamas, in northern Aragua state, Reverol told public broadcaster VTV over the phone. The incident caused power outages in the central district, while leaving parts of the states of Zulia, Merida, Tachira, Nueva Esparta and Falcon without power, he said.
The minister insisted that the explosion was “a new terrorist attack” on the Venezuelan electricity system, which is part of the “multifaceted war” against the country.
The sabotage of the electrical network is a “Important aspect” of this war, with the government and the National Electric System (SEN) “Fight daily” resist such attempts, he added.
Electricity supply is now fully restored in the capital district, with authorities working to bring the grid to full capacity in other affected areas, the minister said.
Venezuela’s power system has recently been plagued by incidents, with the Committee of People Affected by Power Outages, an NGO monitoring power outages, reporting more than 96,000 power outages and damage to some 38,000 devices this year alone. .
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Reverol did not name those responsible for “sabotage,” but Venezuelan authorities have already blamed the United States for similar incidents. Caracas accuses Washington of trying to undermine the country and remove its socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, from his post.
The United States is not denying its regime change plans for Venezuela, imposing crippling sanctions on the country’s economy and recognizing Maduro’s political rival – Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president.
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced on Saturday that the government will soon present “evidence” that a massive blackout that left the country without electricity for an entire week and left 43 people dead in March 2019 was a “Electrical sabotage”.
At that time, Maduro insisted that the power grid collapsed as a result of a US-backed project. “cyber attack,” saying that then-US President Donald Trump was “the most responsible” for that “sabotage.”
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But some local energy experts cited by the media attributed the outage to underfunding and poor maintenance of the country’s electricity grid, as well as a lack of properly trained staff.
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