Spotlight: Landmines pose serious humanitarian threat to Yemenis

Yemen is facing a serious humanitarian catastrophe created by the large fields of landmines and explosive remnants that haunt several provinces of the impoverished Arab country.

The ongoing fighting between Yemen’s government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels remains the major reason of the dramatic increase of landmines fields.

Yemen’s internationally-backed government repeatedly blames the Houthi rebels for planting thousands of landmines in many areas of the country in an attempt to impede the progress of the armed forces against the Houthi-held sites.

“In 2014 Yemen was on the verge of completing the last phase of demining the low-impact areas, which are far from the population,” said Ameen Saleh Oqaili, head of the Yemeni national demining program.

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