Saudi project clears 171,731 mines in Yemen

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Updated 29 June 2020

Saudi project clears 171,731 mines in Yemen

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

JEDDAH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled 25 anti-personnel mines, 363 anti-tank mines, 24 explosive devices and 773 unexploded ordnance — totaling 1,185 mines — during the fourth week of June.
The project is implemented by Saudi cadres and international experts to remove mines planted by Houthi militias in Yemeni regions, especially Marib, Aden, Sanaa and Taiz.
A total of 171,731 mines have been extracted since the beginning of the project. More than 1.1 million mines have been planted by Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen during the conflict, claiming hundreds of civilian lives.
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 turning them into antipersonnel explosives to intimidate and terrorize civilians. The Masam project is one of several initiatives undertaken by the Kingdom, on the directive of King Salman, to help ease the suffering of Yemeni people.


More than half-a-million people benefit from Tetamman clinics, Takkad centers in Saudi Arabia

Police officials continue to implement precautionary and preventive measures to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. (SPA)
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More than half-a-million people benefit from Tetamman clinics, Takkad centers in Saudi Arabia

  • Epidemiological analysis over the past two weeks showed that critical cases fluctuated between 2,000 to 2,500

JEDDAH: Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly revealed on Sunday that more than 500,000 people have visited Tetamman clinics and Takkad (make sure) centers to test for COVID-19.
Takkad centers are designated for those who do not have symptoms, or who have mild symptoms, and believe that they might have came into contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
The clinics are also dedicated to helping individuals with COVID-19 symptoms such as sore throat, fever, shortness of breath and coughing.
“These are proactive measures to detect the infection and treat it at the earliest,” the spokesman said.
“The individual will isolate themselves for the needed period to protect themselves and protect those around them.”
Patients can visit the centers without appointments if they suspect they have an infection.
About 235 clinics are distributed in various cities across the Kingdom, where they have provided services to 208,000 beneficiaries so far, according to the MOH.
The centers provide a COVID-19 testing service after booking appointments via the Sehaty app. So far, the beneficiaries of Takkad centers have totaled 357,000.
The spokesman said at Sunday’s press conference that epidemiological analysis over the past two weeks showed that critical cases fluctuated between 2,000 to 2,500.  
“The number of critical cases increased to almost 1 percent, from last week until now. Two-thirds of admitted patient cases are chronic illnesses other than COVID-19, half of the number of admitted patients are elderly and most critical cases are reaching the final stages of recovery and are responding to treatment,” Al-Aly said.
The Kingdom recorded a total of 3,580 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, meaning 209,509 people in Saudi Arabia have now contracted the disease. There were 62,357 active cases, 2,283 of them critical.
Al-Aly announced 1,980 new recovered cases, taking the total number of recoveries to 145,236 while 58 new deaths had been reported, raising the death toll to 1,916.