Saudi project clears 171,731 mines in Yemen

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The Saudi Project for Land­mine Clear­ance (Masam) in Yemen dis­man­tled 25 anti-per­son­nel mines, 363 anti-tank mines, 24 ex­plo­sive de­vices and 773 un­ex­ploded ord­nance — to­tal­ing 1,185 mines — dur­ing the fourth week of June.

The project is im­ple­mented by Saudi cadres and in­ter­na­tional ex­perts to re­move mines planted by Houthi mili­tias in Ye­meni re­gions, es­pe­cially Marib, Aden, Sanaa and Taiz.

A to­tal of 171,731 mines have been ex­tracted since the be­gin­ning of the project. More than 1.1 mil­lion mines have been planted by Iran-backed Houthi mili­tias in Yemen dur­ing the con­flict, claim­ing hun­dreds of civil­ian lives.

Masam aims to dis­man­tle mines in Yemen to pro­tect civil­ians and en­sure that ur­gent hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­plies are de­liv­ered safely. Houthis are devel­op­ing anti-ve­hi­cle mines and turn­ing them into an­tiper­son­nel ex­plo­sives to in­tim­i­date and ter­ror­ize civil­ians. The Masam project is one of sev­eral ini­tia­tives un­der­taken by the King­dom, on the di­rec­tive of King Sal­man, to help ease the suf­fer­ing of Ye­meni peo­ple.

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