Around 11,785 Houthi Planted Mines Removed

October 29, 2018

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s landmine clearance project (MASAM) in Yemen, got rid of 77 antipersonnel mines, 146 unexploded artillery, 1,817 explosive devices, and 3,116 anti-vehicle mines. Thereby, this month, the total amount of removed mines planted by the Al Houthi rebels to 5,156

However, since the start of the project, the total number of mines that were positioned by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and being removed to 11,785.

The mines are generally planted by the rebels in areas where there were schools and homes and the mines came in different shapes and colors. The mines became an easy mode for the Houthi militias to attack a large group of children, women and even the elderly. The mine attacks resulted in death and serious injuries that required amputations.

The Saudi Project for Landmines Clearance in Yemen was initiated in the middle of 2018 in order to eradicate the mines starting from anti-personnel mines to other explosive devices and unexploded artillery.

The project MASAM is part of $40 million drive started by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. The project intends to remove mines left behind by Houthi militias over the last 12 months and also train 400 Yemeni experts with the ways to remove the mines.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that landmines in Yemen were obstructing aid access and was also enmeshing people. According to the HRW, while the Houthi militias withdrew from Aden, Marib, along with other places, they placed anti-vehicle mines to antipersonnel mines while retreating from those areas.

As the landmines can pose a threat to the civilian, once the war comes to an end, removing them was necessary.

In July, the Washington Institute reported that the Houthis are using landmines at a high rate. After that the decision to come up with this landmine clearance project was made.