5 Demining Experts Gets Killed During Accidental Explosion in Yemen
Five foreign demining experts were killed in an accidental blast in Yemen while moving mines and detonators that was meant to be smashed at a distant location. The employer of these five mine clearing technicians made this statement on 21st January.
The MASAM Demining Project stated that two South Africans, a Croatian, a Bosnian and a Kosovar were killed during Sunday’s blast. These experts were engaged in the task of transporting the mines planted by the Houthi militia in the central Marib province to a far-flung location where it could be safely blasted. As a result of the explosion, a British national was injured.
The mine clearing project, which is a part of the Saudi King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, started last year and looks forward to unfastening or extracting unexploded materials or artillery from Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been involved in a battle with Iran-allied Houthi rebels since 2015.
MASAM stated that the experts lost their lives while trying to ensure safety and security of the Yemeni people, and their service to mankind won’t be out of one’s mind.
U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths meanwhile reached the capital, Sanaa, on an unheralded visit on Monday to debate on the matter in and around the coastal city of Hodeidah, where Yemen’s conflicting parties admitted to a truce last month. The two sides also admitted to a prisoner swap that is yet to happen.
Also under discussion will be disagreements between Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who control Hodeida, and Retired Dutch Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, who is leading a U.N. mission assigned with the task of supervising the truce.
The denial of the government and the Houthis to sit in the same room is another hint of the lack of trust between the conflicting parties and the complication in enforcing the full truce agreement they reached in Sweden.
Dujarric said Griffiths will able be paying a visit to Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, in the upcoming days.