Houthi land mines threaten Yemeni lives every day: Reports

Updated 19 June 2018
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Houthi land mines threaten Yemeni lives every day: Reports

RIYADH: Landmines by Houthi militias have caused many civilian casualties on a daily basis in area across Yemen, where the Iranian backed militants have been defeated, according to a report from SPA.
Reports say that Yemen became has one of the largest land mine battlefields in the world since the Second World War, with more than half-a-million mines planted by the Houhtis across several Yemeni cities.
This vast amount of land mines continues to pose a very dangerous threat to the lives of Yemeni civilians, as the Houthi militias insist on laying internationally-banned land mines randomly in liberated regions and near residential areas, according to reports.
Minelaying by Houthis has come in different forms, according to the Saudi Pres Agency, with some being hand-produced in the form of rocks in mountainous areas and sand blocks, in addition to commonly used mines.
Houthi militias arbitrarily plant mines and explosive devices in residential areas, roads and farms in liberated regions, without respecting that it is threatening civilians who are outside the battle field.
Human Rights organizations said more than half a million land mines were planted in different regions of Yemen, including Internationally banned land mines which led to the death of hundreds of civilians and caused permanent disabilities for thousands of others.


Sudan police fire tear gas at Khartoum rally

Updated 4 min 52 sec ago
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Sudan police fire tear gas at Khartoum rally

  • Protesters pressed on with their campaign against the rule of President Omar Al-Bashir
  • Witnesses said small demonstrations also took place in other districts of the capital

KHARTOUM: Sudanese police fired tear gas on Sunday at an anti-government rally in the capital, witnesses said, as protesters pressed on with their campaign against the rule of President Omar Al-Bashir.
Scores of protesters took to the streets in Khartoum’s northern suburb of Bahari chanting anti-government slogans, but they were quickly confronted by riot police.
“We will not give up. We will continue protesting,” said Afra, a female protester who gave only her first name for security reasons.
“When we keep on demonstrating, more and more people will join us.”
Witnesses said small demonstrations also took place in other districts of the capital, and that police arrested several protesters.
Deadly clashes during protests have rocked the east African country since December 19 after a government decision to triple the price of bread.
The protests quickly escalated into nationwide rallies against Bashir’s iron-fisted rule, with protesters calling for him to resign after three decades in power.
Officials say 31 people have died in protest-related violence so far, while Human Rights Watch says at least 51 have been killed.
Bashir has remained defiant, insisting that the only way to change the government is through the ballot box.
Sudan is to hold a presidential election in 2020, and Bashir is considering running for a third elected term.