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    CARACAS (Sputnik) - Power outages again swept neighborhoods of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas after the power grid restoration following multiple attacks that the authorities said the national power grid had faced, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

    Power went off in Caracas after 07:00 p.m. (23:00 GMT) on Friday. Local netizens took on social media to show that there were outages in the majority of the city's districts.

    Moreover, there is reportedly limited cell phone coverage and internet access in the affected areas.

    Earlier this week, Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that Venezuela's power grid had faced attacks four times in the course of one month, which resulted in the second nation-wide blackout to hit the country within a month late in March.

    Amid the blackout, Venezuelan authorities announced public holidays that lasted from Tuesday to Thursday. On Thursday, Rodriguez said that the electricity supply system had been, however, restored in the majority of Venezuela's regions.

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    The national electricity supplier Corpoelec has insisted that the first power cut was the result of sabotage at the major Guri hydroelectric power plant in eastern Bolivar state.

    Meanwhile, the nation is still reeling from a nationwide power failure, according to a high-ranking source in Caracas police, who told Sputnik on Wednesday that at least 21 of the country's 23 states partially remain without electricity.

    The authorities of Venezuela’s second populous state of Miranda, located in the north of the country next to the capital of Caracas, have boosted police patrols in the region due to the large blackout in the country, regional governor Hector Rodriguez said.

    "I have instructed the police of the Miranda state to strengthen city patrols […] We receive messages about power failures across the state", Rodriguez wrote on Twitter on Friday.

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    The governor added that a lot of the authorities’ activities were devoted to ensuring there were autonomous generators of electric power at hospitals.

    According to Venezuelan Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab, one of the main versions of the accident was a possible shot made from the distance. He stressed that the data indicate that there were "acts of instigation to sabotage".

    Venezuela has been plunged into severe unrest since January this year after US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself "interim president". Guaido’s bid is recognized by the majority of Latin American countries as well as many EU states.

    In the meantime, Russia, China, Turkey, Cuba, Iran and a number of other states stand by constitutionally elected President Nicolas Maduro and warn Washington and its allies against "meddling" in the country’s affairs.

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