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Yemen: Il Masam project per lo sminamento delle mine Houthi

Riyadh, July 02, 2019, SPA -- During the fourth week of June 2019, the Riyadh-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief)'s project for clearing landmines (MASAM) in Yemen was able to dismantle 604 mines, including four anti-personnel mines, 268 anti-tank mines, 330 unexploded ordnance, and two explosive devices.
Since the start of the project, 74115 mines have been uprooted, originally implanted by the Houthi militias in Yemen and hidden in different shapes, colors and methods that claimed the lives of a large number of children, women and the elderly, whether by death or serious injuries or amputation of organs.

What is MASAM?

MASAM is the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance in Yemen. The goal of the project is to clear Yemen of all land mines and other explosive devices, and is part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to countries around the world.

This serious threat to the people of Yemen is the result of the large quantities of land mines and other explosive devices planted throughout the country. These devices have killed an injured thousands of innocent Yemenis, including children, women and the elderly, and the many permanent disabilities resulting from encounters with these mines have caused a significant burden to health care and treatment facilities in the country; they have also caused great economic losses to both individuals and society as a whole.

Objectives:

1. To clear Yemen of land mines. 
2. To address direct threats to the lives of the Yemeni people. 
3. To enhance security throughout Yemen. 
4. To assist the Yemeni people to address the humanitarian tragedies resulting from the proliferation of land mines. 
5. To establish mechanisms to enable the Yemeni people to take responsibility for mine clearance in their country in the longer term.

Implementation Phases:

1. Rapid action to respond to emergencies and to clear the country of mines. 
2. Train and equip local Yemeni cadres. 
3. Clear Yemen of mines in line with international standards for mine clearance.

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