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Red Cross: 95% of Yemenis rely on tanks to get water

A woman carries jerrycans to fill with water from a charity tap in Yemen's capital Sanaa [CCTV/Facebook]

On Thursday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) asserted that more than half of Yemenis are facing difficulty accessing clean water and that 95 per cent of the country’s population rely on tanks to get drinking water.

This came in a tweet the Committee has posted on its official Twitter page, on the occasion of the World Water Day, which falls on 22 March of each year.

“95 per cent of Yemenis rely on water tanks (basins and wells) to get drinking water,” the International Committee explained.

The ICRC added that “15 million Yemenis (more than half of the population) are facing difficulty getting clean water.”

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In 2017, the Committee pointed out that nine Yemeni cities had run out of water.

For nearly three years, Yemen has been witnessing a violent war between government forces affiliated to President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and supported by the Arab Coalition forces, which are led by Saudi Arabia, on the one hand, and the Houthi Ansar Allah armed group on the other.

The war resulted in dire humanitarian and health conditions, which made 80 per cent of the population in need of help, and had negative effects on the situation of various basic services.

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