The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) announced on Monday the Saudi project for land mine clearance to rid the country of some 800,000 mines at a cost of US$40 million.
Adviser at the Royal Court and KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced that the one-year five-phase project would be implemented in association with the Yemen National Program for Landmines Clearance.
“The humanitarian work is a top priority for the Kingdom in all liberated areas and a Saudi land bridge has been launched to deliver humanitarian and relief assistance to all needy people in Hodeidah province,” he said adding that an air bridge will also be launched from Riyadh to Hodeidah on Tuesday in addition to sending a number of ships from Jaza, Saudi Gazzette reported.
Al Rabeeah said that the authorities have so far found more than 600,000 landmines in the liberated areas in addition to 130,000 internationally embargoed anti-boat-and-vessel sea mines, out of which 40,000 in Marib governorate and 16,000 in Meyon Island.
According to Yemeni government reports, a total of 615 people, including101 children and 26 women, were killed and 924 injured due to explosion of landmines during the period between since Dec. 2014 and Dec. 2016.
Meanwhile, rebel Houti news outlets have accused the Saudi-led coalition of planting landmines in areas seized from the rebels.
Irans Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou has dismissed Saudi Arabias claims that Iran has provided missiles to Yemen as ‘illusion and ‘unfounded. “Accusing Iran of providing or smuggling ballistic missiles to one of the parties to the conflict in Yemen is nothing but an attempt to conceal the brutal and unlawful aggression in Yemen and the extremely appalling situation caused by such aggression,” Khoshrou was quoted as saying by
A day after Yemens Houti rebels launched a missile targeting Riyadh Airport, Saudi-led coalition announced a land, sea and air blockade of Yemen claiming that the missile components had been supplied by Iran. In addition, the coalition announced a combined reward of US$450 million for the arrest of 40 Houti leaders and Iranian individuals it said were responsible for the missile attack and weapons supplies to the rebels
The US Senate on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's $500m sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) for use in Yemen by Saudi Arabian Air Force (SAAF). The Senate voted 53-47 to defeat a resolution of disapproval that had been offered by a group of bi-partisan senators against the precision-bombs sale
Israeli scientists at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have developed a new system that uses a combination of lasers and glowing bacteria for remote landmine detection. Writing in the journal Nature Biotechnology, the researchers presented a novel, functional system combining lasers and bacteria to remotely map the location of buried landmines and unexploded ordnance
China has started a land-mine sweeping mission along the Sino-Vietnam border in South Chinas Guangxi Zhuang region. Twenty-one explosions were heard in Pingxiang City on Friday as dozens of People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers detonated mines in the nearby minefield, ChinaMil reported Saturday
Yemeni air defenses have destroyed a US-made MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to Saudi Arabia on Thursday afternoon, in al-Jabaliyah, located in the country's west coast. "The drone we downed was an American-made MQ-9 Reaper," source in the Air Defense unit told the al-Masirah news network
Yemeni fighters backed by the Saudi armed forces were spotted using a South Korean third generation medium-range anti-tank guided missile (MR-ATGM), ‘Raybolt in a video posted on the internet. The Saudi Army has acknowledged that the video showed that the anti-tank missile was used by the Saudi armed forces against a Houthi vehicle in Saada,
Houthi rebel forces have announced that they have developed a new underground launcher system for short-range ballistic missiles. “This comes within the framework of developing the missile capabilities and raising their effectiveness in the field,” the Houthi forces were quoted as saying in a statement by Saba News Agency Tuesday
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