Masam project clears 1,464 mines in Yemen

KSrelief Project Masam Dismantles 7,162 Mines in Yemen in April 2020

The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled one antipersonnel mine, 326 anti-tank mines, and 1,105 unexploded ordnance and 32 explosive devices — totaling 1,464 mines — during the third week of September.

The project extracted a total of 186,545 mines since the beginning of the project. Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen plabted more than 1.1 million during the conflict, claiming hundreds of civilian lives.

Masam aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure delvery of urgent humanitarian supplies.

It trains local demining engineers, equips them with state-of-the-art equipment and also helps mine victims.

In June, KSRelief extended Masam’s contract for one year at a cost of $30 million. The project has 32 demining teams. Masam cleared most landmines in which some originate from Iran.

Houthis are developing anti-vehicle mines and turning them into antipersonnel explosives to terrorize civilians.