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.


8 EU countries urge Israel to reconsider village demolition

It rebuked the Israeli High Court’s Sept. 5 decision to demolish the desert community. (AP)
Updated 21 September 2018
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8 EU countries urge Israel to reconsider village demolition

  • The eight countries are France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Italy

UNITED NATIONS: Eight European Union nations are underlining their opposition to Israel’s planned demolition of the Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar and are urging its government to reconsider the decision.
The statement was read by Dutch Ambassador Karel Van Oosterom outside the UN Security Council on Thursday. It rebuked the Israeli High Court’s Sept. 5 decision to demolish the desert community.
The eight countries are France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Italy. They say in the statement that they “will not give up on a negotiated two-state solution with Jerusalem as a capital” of both Israel and a new Palestinian state.
That was an implicit slap at US President Donald Trump’s declaration in December that contested Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.