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.


Iraq’s president visits Iran weeks after US renews sanctions

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Iraq’s president visits Iran weeks after US renews sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran: Iraq’s president is visiting Iran less than two weeks after the United States restored oil sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
State TV says Barham Salih arrived Saturday and met with his Iranian counterpart, President Hassan Rouhani.
Iran, which has had major influence over Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, is hoping to maintain exports to its neighbor despite the renewed sanctions. Iraq is Iran’s second-largest market after China, buying everything from food and machinery to electricity and natural gas.
Trade between the two countries was some $7 billion in 2017, and they have vowed to boost it to $8.5 billion this year.