Project Masam has carried out the bulk demolition of 1,275 landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Bab al-Mandab, in Dhubab District in south Yemen.
The bulk demolition operation carried out by Project Masam’s Special Task force in the Bab al-Mandab area, on the western coast of Yemen, included 39 banned anti-personnel mines, 106 anti-tank mines, 119 assorted shells, , 503 firearm ammunitions, eight IEDs, and 498 miscellaneous fuses.
The landmines and IEDs that were destroyed on 8 February were planted in vital areas, such as villages, farms, roads, and schools, among many others, where they posed a direct threat to the lives of civilians.
In alignment with the global mine action sector, Project Masam’s responsibilities include the clearance, removal or destruction of landmines stockpile and explosive remnants of war.
By destroying the explosive items, Project Masam ensures they can no longer function as designed – this effectively protects civilian populations and helps to eradicate these deadly weapons.