Saudi Arabia calls on UN to take action on Houthi landmines

Houthi landmines removed in Yemen by the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) project are displayed in this file picture. (SPA)
Updated 25 October 2019

Saudi Arabia calls on UN to take action on Houthi landmines

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has called on the international community and the UN to force Houthi militias to stop planting mines. 

This came during the Kingdom’s address to the Special Political and Decolonization Committee.

The address was delivered by the member of the Kingdom’s permanent mission to the UN, second secretary Faisal bin Saeed Al-Bishi, who reviewed Saudi efforts to tackle Houthi mine planting.

“Mines are a danger all over the world, and the Kingdom is one of the countries that faces a threat to their population and territorial integrity, as Houthi militias have randomly planted tens of thousands of mines on the Saudi-Yemeni border,” he said.

Al-Bishi added: “These militias have manufactured mines that are easy to hide in the local environment, which increases their risk to civilians, and have planted them indiscriminately in Yemeni cities and villages, killing thousands of civilians, including children and women. The Houthi militias have also laid mines in the southern Red Sea, threatening the security of international maritime lines.”

Al-Bishi underlined that the Kingdom sought to keep Yemeni civilians safe through the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) mine project, which completed its first year of operations in June.

“This project is of great importance due to its active role in saving the lives of thousands of innocent people, as it seeks to complete the clearance of Yemeni lands and coasts of mines manufactured and planted by the Houthis,” he added.


Saudi Arabia announces 56 more COVID-19 deaths

Updated 04 July 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 56 more COVID-19 deaths

  • 360 new cases were reported in Riyadh
  • A total of 1,858 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 56 more deaths from COVID-19 and 4,128 new cases of the disease on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 360 were reported in Riyadh, 315 in Dammam, 217 in Hufof and 214 in Qatif.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 143,256 after 2,642 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 1,858 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.