Saudi project dismantles 3,154 mines in Yemen

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They comprised 122 antipersonnel mines, 2,720 anti-tank mines and 312 unexploded ordnances….Reports Asian Lite News

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief)’s Project for Clearing Mines (Masam) has dismantled 3,154 mines in Yemen during the second week of May, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

They comprised 122 antipersonnel mines, 2,720 anti-tank mines and 312 unexploded ordnances.

Since the beginning of the project, as many as 246,866 mines planted by the Houthi militia in Yemen have been dismantled, it was reported.

Masam is one of several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Arabia at the directive of King Salman to help ease the suffering of the Yemeni people, the Arab News reported.

DHAMAR PROVINCE, Sept. 1, 2019 (Xinhua) — Local Red Crescent medics search to rescue victims following airstrikes on a prison in central Dhamar province, Yemen, Sept. 1, 2019. At least 50 prisoners of war were killed when the Saudi-led coalition launched a series of airstrikes overnight on a prison in Yemen’s central province of Dhamar, the Houthi-controlled health ministry said in a statement early Sunday morning. (Photo by Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua/IANS)

It is implemented by Saudi cadres and international experts with the goal of removing mines planted by Iran-backed Houthi militias in various Yemeni regions, especially Marib, Aden, Al-Jawf, Shabwa, Taiz, Hodeidah, Lahij, Sanaa, Al-Bayda, Al-Dhale and Saada.

More than 1.1 million mines have been planted by the Houthis, claiming hundreds of civilian lives.

Masam has 32 demining teams that aim to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely, according to the report.

It trains local demining engineers, supplies them with modern equipment and helps mine victims.

In 2020, Masam’s contract was extended for one year at a cost of $30 million, it was reported.

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