War leaves 16 million Yemenis without clean water: Oxfam
Yemeni workers unload medical aid boxes from a boat carrying 460 tonnes of Emirati relief aid that docked in the port of the city of Aden on May 24, 2015. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
After two months of airstrikes from Saudi Arabia's campaign against Houthi rebels, 16 million Yemenis — two-thirds of the population — have been left without clean drinking water, a relief agency said Tuesday.
Britain-based organization Oxfam said airstrikes, ground troops and fuel shortages have added another three million residents with no access to clean water, raising the total to 16 million, AFP reported.
"This is equivalent to the populations of Berlin, London, Paris and Rome combined," Oxfam's Yemen director Grace Ommer said in a statement.
The group said half the population already didn't have access to water before the conflict was escalated by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes. The air raids have disrupted major water networks in the country, according to Oxfam.
Saudi Arabia launched its fight against Houthi rebels late March in its bid to defend the government and bring fugitive President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi back into power.