Yemeni official thanks Saudi Arabia for clearing Houthi mines

Time: 09 April 2021

Al-Aqeeli called on the international community to pressure the Houthi militia to stop planting landmines. (SPA)

RIYADH: The director of Yemen’s National Mine Action Program on Thursday thanked Saudi Arabia for clearing mines set by the Houthi militia in Yemen.

Brig. Ameen Al-Aqeeli said mines and improvised explosive devices planted by the Iran-backed Houthi militia have so far killed more than 8,000 civilians in the country.

Al-Aqeeli called on the international community to pressure the Houthi militia to stop planting landmines, saying they have caused a humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

A total of 230,592 mines have been extracted since the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) began the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen.

Masam’s engineering teams currently operate in nine Yemeni governorates: Marib, Al-Jawf, Shabwa, Taiz, Hodeidah, Lahij, Al-Bayda, Al-Dhale, and Saada.

Masam is just one of the many humanitarian and relief projects that the Kingdom offers through KSrelief to assist the Yemeni people and alleviate their suffering during the current crisis.

This article was first published in Arab News

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