Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance extracts 11,785 Houthi mines

The vast number of land mines continues to pose a threat to the lives of Yemeni civilians. (REUTERS)
Updated 27 October 2018
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Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance extracts 11,785 Houthi mines

  • Houthi militias plant mines in residential areas, roads and farms in liberated regions, threatening civilians who are outside the battlefield

JEDDAH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (MASAM) in Yemen extracted 77 antipersonnel mines, 3,116 anti-vehicle mines, 1,817 explosive devices and 146 unexploded ordnance — totaling 5,156 mines — during three weeks of October.
A total of 11,785 mines have been extracted since the beginning of the project.
About a million mines had been planted by Houthi militia in Yemen over the past three years, claiming the lives of more than 1,000 civilians.
MASAM aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely. Houthis are developing anti-vehicle mines and are turning them to anti-personnel explosives to intimidate and terrorize civilians.
Reports say that Yemen has become one of the largest land mine battlefields in the world since the Second World War. The vast number of land mines continues to pose a threat to the lives of Yemeni civilians, as the Houthi militias lay internationally banned land mines randomly in liberated regions and near residential areas.
Houthi militias plant mines in residential areas, roads and farms in liberated regions, threatening civilians who are outside the battlefield.


Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

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Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

  • International and Arab musicians are set to perform
  • The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will be hosting a three-day music festival during the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

International and Arab musicians are set to perform for fans to celebrate the first staging of the Formula E race.

The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah where six major artists will be performing each night from December 13, 14 and after the race itself on December 15.

“The ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is set to be the hottest ticket in town for so many reasons, from breath-taking electric racing, to entertainment, to culture. Soon everyone will find out who is coming, and we can promise a festival of music that offers fans, friends and families an unmissable experience,” Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, said.

“We suggest fans avoid the rush by getting your ticket now to avoid disappointment after the names are released,” he added.