People ride a boat during an excursion at a dam in Sayyan near Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday. Reuters
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War-weary Yemenis are thronging a countryside dam outside Sanaa for a rare leisure time in a country ravaged by six years of civil war.
Jet skis and small boats ply the water. Children scream and shout with joy as they jump in and out of the lake, a one-hour car journey from Sanaa.
People swim during an excursion at a dam in Sayyan near Sanaa. Reuters
"Families and children find relief in this place and take some respite from city congestion," said Muhammad Ismail Zabibah.
Zabibah said Sanaa, known for its Unesco-listed Old City with distinctive brown and white mud brick houses that date from before the 11th century, needs more leisure opportunities like this.
Sanaa airport is closed to non-United Nations flights and internal travel is severely constrained by fighting.
Yemen, with a semi-arid climate and seasonal rains, was already a severely water-stressed country even before war displaced millions and fuel shortages reduced underground water pumping.
It relies on dams, some from ancient time, to store rain for later use. Some of those dams have become popular meeting places where families can relax.
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