The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled 36 antipersonnel mines, 198 anti-tank mines, and 1,155 unexploded ordnance and 2 explosive devices — totaling 1,391 mines — during the second week of November.
Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen planted more than 1.1 million minesduring the conflict; claiming hundreds of civilian lives.
Masam aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure delivery of humanitarian supplies.
It trains local demining engineers, equips them with modern equipment and also helps mine victims.
Saudi cadres and international experts executed the project in order to remove mines spread during Houthi militias dominance on Yemeni regions, especially Marib, Aden, Sanaa and Taiz.
In June, KSRelief extended Masam’s contract for one year at a cost of $30 million. The project has 32 demining teams. Most landmines that Masam teams extracted are locally made, while others originate from Iran.
Houthis are developing anti-vehicle mines and turning them into antipersonnel explosives to terrorize civilians.
Local and international right groups say that hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed over the last five years.