Crimes and Violations

5 civilians killed in explosions of Houthi-laid mines

Republican Yemen

Five civilians are reported to have been killed in explosions of landmines and explosive devices laid by the Iran-backed Houthis rebels.

According to Yemeni Landmine Records (YLR), an observatory for documenting mines and unexploded ordnance victims in Yemen, the five victims were killed on Saturday in 4 different provinces: Hodeidah, Marib, Al Jawf, and Sana’a.

In Al Duraihimi district, located south of the port city of Hodeidah, Mohammed Ahmed Dalb, 27, and Abdo Salem Dajaj, 25, were riding a motorcycle when a mine planted by the Houthi militia went off, killing the two men in an instant.

In Swerwah, a flashpoint district located west of Marib, a landmine claimed the life of a shepherd while ghe was razing cattle, YLR reported without giving more details.

The mine observatory added that a man was killed and a woman seriously wounded in Nehm district, east of Sana’a, and another civilian was killed in Al Maslouf district in Al Jawf province as a result of an explosive device.

Reports indicate that war-torn Yemen will be riddled with mines and explosive devices for decades to come, for the Houthis have randomly planted over a million mines in large swaths of the country.

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