The Man-made River Authority (MMRA) has said that 16 wells in the eastern field of the Hassouna system have been sabotaged in what it described as "criminal acts" putting all these wells out of service.

In a statement on Wednesday, the MMRA said that at least 123 wells have been destroyed so far, causing a loss of approximately 460,000 cubic meters of water per day.

It called on the security authorities and municipal councils in the region to take responsibility and protect the wells and fields to guarantee continuous water service to consumers.