Saudi project clears 1,567 more mines in Yemen

Saudi project clears 1,567 more mines in Yemen
Houthis are developing anti-vehicle mines and turning them into antipersonnel explosives to terrorize civilians. (SPA)
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Updated 11 January 2021

Saudi project clears 1,567 more mines in Yemen

Saudi project clears 1,567 more mines in Yemen
  • Most landmines retrieved by Masam teams are locally made, while others originate from Iran

RIYADH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled 201 antipersonnel mines, 130 antitank mines, and 1,217 unexploded ordnance and 19 explosive devices — totaling 1,567 mines — during the first week of January.
A total of 210,072 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.


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.