Saudi Arabia's Project Masam Clears Over 437,000 Houthi-Planted Mines in Yemen Since 2018

Saudi Arabia's Project Masam has cleared over 437,000 mines in Yemen since 2018, enabling humanitarian aid delivery and civilian safety. This ongoing effort highlights the Kingdom's commitment to supporting the Yemeni people.

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Saudi Arabia's Project Masam Clears Over 437,000 Houthi-Planted Mines in Yemen Since 2018

Saudi Arabia's Project Masam Clears Over 437,000 Houthi-Planted Mines in Yemen Since 2018

Saudi Arabia's Project Masam, a demining initiative overseen by the Kingdom's aid agency KSrelief, cleared 857 Houthi-planted mines in Yemen between April 13-19, 2024. This brings the total number of mines cleared by the project since its inception in 2018 to an impressive 437,616. The cleared ordnance includes 279,002 pieces of unexploded ordnance, 144,101 anti-tank mines, 8,018 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and 6,495 anti-personnel mines across various regions in Yemen, including Marib, Aden, Jouf, Shabwa, Taiz, Hodeidah, Lahij, Sanaa, Al-Bayda, Al-Dhale, and Saada.

Project Masam aims to clear routes for humanitarian aid and facilitate the safe movement of civilians in Yemen. The project has trained local demining engineers and provided them with modern equipment to carry out this critical task. Additionally, the project offers support to Yemenis who have been injured by the explosive devices. KSrelief recently extended Project Masam's contract for another year at a cost of $33.29 million, demonstrating Saudi Arabia's ongoing commitment to this humanitarian cause.

Why this matters: The clearing of Houthi-planted mines in Yemen is a significant humanitarian effort that saves lives and enables the delivery of essential aid. Project Masam's work highlights the ongoing conflict in Yemen and the international community's efforts to support the Yemeni people.

Osama Al-Gosaibi, the director of Project Masam, emphasized the project's dedication to clearing Yemen of mines and explosive devices, stating, "We will continue our efforts to clear Yemen of these deadly devices and help the Yemeni people live in safety and security." The project's work is a testament to Saudi Arabia's commitment to providing humanitarian assistance and promoting stability in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • Project Masam cleared 857 Houthi-planted mines in Yemen from Apr 13-19, 2024.
  • Total mines cleared by the project since 2018 reached 437,616, including 279,002 unexploded ordnance.
  • Project aims to clear routes for humanitarian aid and facilitate safe civilian movement in Yemen.
  • KSrelief extended Project Masam's contract for another year at a cost of $33.29 million.
  • Project's work highlights Saudi Arabia's commitment to humanitarian aid and regional stability.