UAE Armed Forces clear 20,000 landmines across Yemen

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Read: 2364     20:43     14 March 2018    

UAE Armed Forces have cleared more than 20,000 landmines across Yemen, according to state news agency Wam.


The illegal mines were removed from areas stretching across the Red Sea Coast over an eight-month period.

It is suspected the mines first began to be planted by rebel Houthi militias after the Saudi-led Arab Coalition moved forces into the country to restore Yemen’s legitimate government.

Specialists within the UAE Armed Force have trained 65 Yemeni volunteers to safely excavate the suspected areas, a de-mining expert told Wam.

He said 90 per cent of the explosives dug up are Iranian-made and patterned after the Russian TM-57 mine – that can blast armoured fighting vehicles.

"The mines are being detonated in safe areas as per the latest international standards," he said, adding that most of the mines were found in areas adjacent to heavily populated districts.

The mines planted in mountainous areas are disguised as rocks but are also concealed in sandy dunes, he said.

Health professionals and local activists estimate that thousands of civilians have been injured or killed by the explosives.

The National



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UAE Armed Forces clear 20,000 landmines across Yemen

2018/03/na15-MAR-Yemen-1-1521031386.jpg
Read: 2365     20:43     14 March 2018    

UAE Armed Forces have cleared more than 20,000 landmines across Yemen, according to state news agency Wam.


The illegal mines were removed from areas stretching across the Red Sea Coast over an eight-month period.

It is suspected the mines first began to be planted by rebel Houthi militias after the Saudi-led Arab Coalition moved forces into the country to restore Yemen’s legitimate government.

Specialists within the UAE Armed Force have trained 65 Yemeni volunteers to safely excavate the suspected areas, a de-mining expert told Wam.

He said 90 per cent of the explosives dug up are Iranian-made and patterned after the Russian TM-57 mine – that can blast armoured fighting vehicles.

"The mines are being detonated in safe areas as per the latest international standards," he said, adding that most of the mines were found in areas adjacent to heavily populated districts.

The mines planted in mountainous areas are disguised as rocks but are also concealed in sandy dunes, he said.

Health professionals and local activists estimate that thousands of civilians have been injured or killed by the explosives.

The National



Tags: UAE   Yemen