During the first week of November, Masam, a Saudi initiative aimed at demining in Yemen, successfully neutralized 835 landmines that had been planted by the Iran-backed Houthi militia.
Overseen by Saudi aid agency KSrelief, the project’s special teams destroyed 703 unexploded ordnance, 112 anti-tank mines, and 20 anti-personnel mines.
The devices, planted indiscriminately by the Houthis across Yemen, pose a significant threat to the lives of innocent people, including children, women and the elderly.
Masam is one of several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Arabia on the orders of King Salman to help the Yemeni people, clearing routes for humanitarian aid to reach the country’s citizens.
The demining operations took place in Marib, Aden, Jouf, Shabwa, Taiz, Hodeidah, Lahij, Sanaa, Al-Bayda, Al-Dhale and Saada.
A total of 420,832 mines have been cleared since the start of the project in 2018, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
The project trains local demining engineers and provides them with modern equipment. It also offers support to Yemenis injured by the devices.
In June, the project’s contract was extended for another year at a cost of $33.29 million.