Equipment of the Man-made River Administration (MMRA), including four wells and a power generator, were exposed to looting and vandalism on Sunday, increasing the number of wells out of service due to sabotage acts to 96 wells since the beginning of 2017, MMRA confirmed.

"The interruption of the maintenance operations of pumps and wells is due to the deteriorating security conditions in the area," MMRA explained, warning that the situation could escalate into a water shortage crisis and the inability to meet the needs of cities and agricultural projects in the western and central region.