Saudi project clears 1,250 more mines in Yemen

Saudi project clears 1,250 more mines in Yemen
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Masam aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians. (SPA)
Saudi project clears 1,250 more mines in Yemen
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Masam aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians. (SPA)
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Updated 29 September 2020

Saudi project clears 1,250 more mines in Yemen

Saudi project clears 1,250 more mines in Yemen
  • Houthis are developing anti-vehicle mines and turning them into antipersonnel explosives to terrorize civilians

RIYADH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled 2 antipersonnel mines, 204 anti-tank mines, and 1,036 unexploded ordnance and 8 explosive devices — totaling 1,250 mines — during the fourth week of September.
A total of 187,795 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.
It trains local demining engineers, equips them with modern equipment and also helps mine victims.
In June, KSRelief extended Masam’s contract for one year at a cost of $30 million. The project has 32 demining teams. Most landmines retrieved by Masam teams are locally made, while others originate from Iran.
Houthis are developing anti-vehicle mines and turning them into antipersonnel explosives to terrorize civilians.