The U.N. children’s agency is warning of another cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen after airstrikes hit water facilities and other civilian infrastructure in the port city of Hodeida.
UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said Wednesday that the airstrikes earlier this week damaged a sanitation facility and a station that supplies most of the city’s water.
She says such attacks “jeopardize efforts to prevent another outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea in Yemen.”
Yemen has been embroiled in a stalemated war pitting a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed rebels, known as Houthis, since March 2015.
The war has damaged Yemen’s infrastructure, crippled the health system and pushed the country to the brink of famine.