Masam: 1,257 Houthi-laid mines demined last week

Republican Yemen

Mine-disposal squads of Masam, the Saudi Project for Mine Clearance in Yemen, demined 1,257 Houthi-laid mines during the third week of August 2020, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The removed mines included 31 antipersonnel mines, 299 anti-tank mines, 925 unexploded ordnance, and 2 explosive devices.

Since mid-2018, Masam has managed to clear as many as 180955 mines from large swaths of Yemen that were laid by the Iran-backed Houthis.

Reports indicate that the Houthi militia has laid over a million mines since they overran Yemen’s capital Sana’a in late 2014, staging a coup against Yemen’s internationally recognized government. As a result of such mines, thousands of unsuspecting civilians have been killed or maimed.

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