Saudi project clears 1,300 more mines in Yemen

Saudi project clears 1,300 more mines in Yemen
Most landmines retrieved by Masam teams are locally made, while others originate from Iran. (SPA)
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Updated 05 January 2021

Saudi project clears 1,300 more mines in Yemen

Saudi project clears 1,300 more mines in Yemen
  • 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 11 antipersonnel mines, 423 antitank mines, and 859 unexploded ordnance and 7 explosive devices — totaling 1,300 mines — during the fourth week of December.
A total of 208,505 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.


Saudi Arabia, Eritrea foreign ministers discuss strengthening relations

Saudi Arabia, Eritrea foreign ministers discuss strengthening relations
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Saudi Arabia, Eritrea foreign ministers discuss strengthening relations

Saudi Arabia, Eritrea foreign ministers discuss strengthening relations
  • The two ministers also reviewed developments of mutual concern

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a meeting with his Eritrean counterpart, Osman Saleh Mohammed, in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, state news Saudi Press Agency reported.
During the talks, the two ministers discussed bilateral relations and means of supporting and strengthening them, in addition to reviewing developments and issues of common interest.
Following the meeting, the ministers presided over the first session of the joint Saudi-Eritrean committee, during which they signed the minutes of the session.