Project Masam clears 433,333 landmines and explosive threats in Yemen

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Project Masam has announced it has located and destroyed 433,333 explosive devices in Yemeni liberated areas.

These include 6,466 anti-personnel mines, 143,512 anti-tank mines, 275,354 unexploded ordnance (UXO) and 8,001 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) neutralised over 54,606,534 square metres of land since mid-2018.

Since the conflict between Yemen’s pro-government forces and Houthi militias escalated in 2014, liberated strategic areas have been left littered with Houthi anti-personnel mines and anti-tank mines, along with unexploded remnants of war.

Last week (17 February – 23 February 2024) alone, Project Masam deminers removed 727 deadly items, including six anti-personnel mines, 134 anti-tank mines and 587 UXO, according to Project Masam Managing Director Ousama Algosaibi. The teams cleared 318,680 square metres during the same period.

Up to five million people are estimated to have been forced to flee their homes since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen – many of them displaced by the presence of landmines on their land.

Masam teams are tasked to clear areas of immediate humanitarian priority: villages, roads, schools, etc… in order to facilitate the safe movement of civilians and humanitarian goods and services.

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