Project Masam clears 450,037 landmines and explosive threats in Yemen

WhatsApp Image 2024-04-25 at 03.56.11

Project Masam has announced it has located and destroyed 450,037 explosive devices in Yemeni liberated areas.

These include 6,532 anti-personnel mines, 144,649 anti-tank mines, 290,796 unexploded ordnance (UXO) and 8,060 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) neutralised over 57,637,709 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 (29 June – 5 July 2024) alone, Project Masam deminers removed 969 deadly items, including one anti-personnel mine, 47 anti-tank mines, 920 UXO and one IED, according to Project Masam Managing Director Ousama Algosaibi. The teams cleared 139,024 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.

For insights into our humanitarian mine clearance work, project updates and to hear from our demining experts, follows on Twitter and LinkedIn.