Officials in Baghdad said on 18 November that a breakage on high-tension power lines from northern Iraq had caused the power outages in the capital. They hope to restore electricity supplies to the capital soon, they said. ‘Hopefully, electricity will be back tomorrow [19 November],’ said an undersecretary at the Electricity Ministry Kareem Waheed. ‘Power will be restored to the situation that we had before the outages.’ Since the US-led invasion, most parts of Baghdad expect about 12 hours of electricity a day. The blackouts, which started on 15 November, have caused rumors to spread across the Iraqi capital that the US-led authorities are withholding electricity as a punishment for the increasing number of attacks against coalition troops.