Roughly 160000 Mines Removed in Yemen by Masam

Republican Yemen

The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance in Yemen, Masam, has cleared approximately 16000 mines and explosives in large swaths of the country since the start of its mission in mid-2018.

According to the project, demining teams extracted a number of 1401 mines laid by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels during the second week of April, including 28 anti-personnel mines, anti-tank mines259, 7 explosive devices, and 1107 unexploded ordnance.

Masam says it aims to make Yemen free from mines, but it does not seem to be an easy task, given the fact that the project has lost 6 mine-removal experts to these mines, two of whom were expatriates.

With an estimated one million unmarked mines laid by Houthis, Yemen has become the largest minefield in the world since World War II. As a result, thousands of unsuspecting civilians have fallen victim to such mines.

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