Saudi project clears 1,557 more mines in Yemen

Saudi project clears 1,557 more mines in Yemen
Most landmines retrieved by Masam are locally made, while others originate in Iran. (SPA)
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Updated 23 June 2021

Saudi project clears 1,557 more mines in Yemen

Saudi project clears 1,557 more mines in Yemen
  • Masam has 32 demining teams, and 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) dismantled 1,557 mines in Yemen during the third week of June, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

They comprised nine anti-personnel mines, 241 anti-tank mines and 1,307 unexploded ordnances.

Masam is one of several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Arabia on the directive of King Salman to help ease the suffering of the Yemeni people.

It is implemented by Saudi cadres and international experts to remove mines planted by Iran-backed Houthi militias in various Yemeni regions, especially Marib, Aden, Sanaa, Al-Jawf, Al-Dhale, Hodeidah, Shabwa and Taiz.

A total of 256,475 mines have been extracted since the start of the project. More than 1.1 million mines have been planted by the Houthis, claiming hundreds of civilian lives. Masam has 32 demining teams, and aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely. It trains local demining engineers, gives them modern equipment and helps mine victims.