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Oxfam condemns coalition airstrike on one of its storage facilities in Saada Governorate in northern Yemen

Posted by Sarah Dransfield Senior Press Officer

20th Apr 2015


Grace Ommer, Oxfam's country director in Yemen said: "This is an outrage. The contents of the warehouse had no military value. It only contained humanitarian supplies associated with our previous work in Saada, bringing clean water to thousands of households."

Oxfam has been working in the northern governorate of Saada for several years, building water networks to bring clean water to 70,000 people in rural communities through the generous support of the European Union and Swiss Government. Before the escalation in violence, 10 million people were without access to clean water across the country.

Ommer added: "Yesterday's events demonstrate again that all Parties to this conflict are adding to an increasingly dire humanitarian situation on the ground. All parties must now find a negotiated peace and allow for humanitarian access."

Grace Ommer's quotation was changed on 7 May 2015 in light of new information.

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Blog post written by Sarah Dransfield

Senior Press Officer

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