Men ride a motorbike as a rubble barricade blocks a street in Aleppo's al-Sakhour district, Syria August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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Syria's water network, heavily damaged by bombs and shelling, is at risk of collapse as its civil war drags on, increasing the threat of deadly typhoid or cholera outbreaks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday.Millions of people in Aleppo and Damascus are cut off from water supplies for days at a time, a tactic used by all warring sides to exert control in divided cities, the ICRC said.ICRC aid workers have helped water boards and engineers to maintain and repair ageing pumping stations throughout Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 .Despite a crippled health system, Syria's population has remained "comparatively healthy" due to access to clean water, but the failure of water supply networks would spell disaster.
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