Time: 15 March, 2020
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: During the second week of March 2020, MASAM project teams in Yemen from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) deactivated a total of 3,556 explosive devices, including 3 antipersonnel mines, 345 anti-vehicle mines, 574 improvised explosive devices and 2,634 pieces of unexploded ordnance. Since the project began in June of 2018, MASAM teams have deactivated more than 151,983 devices.
During the ongoing conflict in Yemen, Houthi militia groups have deployed more than a million explosive devices in populated areas throughout the country. These devices have killed and seriously injured many innocent civilians, and remain a serious threat to the safety and security of Yemen. The MASAM project focuses on demining activities and training Yemeni cadres to carry on this project themselves in the longer term.