Saudi-led coalition claims, 2,020 landmines removrd in Yemen

Project MASAM is part of 40 million U.S. dollars initiative

RIYADH.

Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen announced on Tuesday the removal of more than 2,020 landmines from Yemeni territories.

The spokesperson of the coalition Col. Turki Al Maliki highlighted that the removal of the landmines was part of the MASAM project.

The Saudi Project for Landmines Clearance in Yemen was launched in the middle of this year to remove mines ranging from anti-personnel mines to other explosive devices and unexploded ordnance.

The project MASAM is part of 40 million U.S. dollars initiative launched by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. The project aims to remove mines left behind by Houthi militias in the past 12 months and to train 400 Yemeni experts to do so as well.

The spokesperson also highlighted that Houthis have targeted the kingdom with 205 missiles since the beginning of the war in Yemen in 2015. He also accused the militias of using civilians as human shields to protect lands under their control from airstrikes.

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