Saudi project clears 4,911 mines in one week

Members of a Yemeni military demining unit prepare to destroy unexploded bombs and mines collected from conflict areas near the southern port city of Aden, Yemen August 1, 2017. (REUTERS)
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Updated 21 February 2020

Saudi project clears 4,911 mines in one week

  • Masam aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely

RIYADH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled five anti-personnel mines, 161 anti-tank mines, six explosive devices and 4,739 unexploded ordnance — totaling 4,911 mines — during the second week of February.
A total of 134,259 mines have been extracted since the beginning of the project. An estimated 1.1 million mines have been planted by Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen over the past three years, claiming hundreds of civilian lives.
Masam aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely.
The vast number of land mines continues to pose a threat to Yemeni people. 


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

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Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.