KSrelief’s MASAM Teams Have Deactivated 31,635 Landmines in the Second Half of 2018

08 January 2019

​ADEN, YEMEN: MASAM project teams from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) have deactivated a total of 31,635 explosive devices since the program began in the second half of 2018, as follows: 702 antipersonnel mines, 18,895 anti-vehicle mines, 811 improvised explosive devices and 11,145 pieces of unexploded ordnance. These devices were planted throughout Yemen by Houthi militia groups attempting to destabilize the country’s legitimate government. 

The Houthi militias have planted an estimated one million explosive devices in populated areas – including in schools and homes – often disguising them as rocks and other natural objects. Encounters with these mines have caused deaths, amputations and other serious injuries to many Yemenis, including children, women and the elderly.