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Riyadh Receives Bodies of Demining Experts Killed on Duty

Riyadh Receives Bodies of Demining Experts Killed on Duty

Sunday, 3 February, 2019 - 11:00
Yemeni Minister of Human Rights Mohamed Askar (Arabic Website)
Riyadh – Fateh Arrahman Youssef
The King Salman air base in Riyadh received on Saturday the bodies of five de-mining experts from different nationalities, two from South Africa, one from Kosovo and one from Croatia, and one other from Bosnia who died in a Houthi-planted mine explosion while serving in Yemen’s Marib province.

Their death constitutes a war crime and a flagrant violation of international law, it is necessary to punish responsible Houthi militias, Yemeni Minister of Human Rights Mohamed Askar said on the occasion.

He called on the international community to pressure Houthis against their malign conduct, especially that mines planted by the Iran-backed group has cost the lives of dozens of children and women and elderly people in Yemen.

The minister pointed out that de-mining operations, provided by the Saudi KSRelief humanitarian organization, are a noble undertaking that promotes post-war development and alleviates the suffering of the Yemeni people.

“This incident caused us great pain, especially as these experts came to save our people and they became the victims of these mines planted by Iranian hands currently in Sanaa.”

The Yemeni minister pointed out that the mines are being demined daily. More than 250,000 mines have been cleared so far.

The five technicians were part of the Saudi de-mining program in Yemen, known as Masam Project. Its aim is to locate and destroy explosive devices illegally planted by Iranian-backed Houthi militias.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) said on Monday that the five experts had died in the explosion in Marib governorate early on Sunday. A vehicle carrying mines and other devices exploded while en route from Masam Project’s headquarters to a remote location, where they were to be destroyed.

The Houthis have planted more than a million landmines in Yemen, in violation of UN rules. They have caused more than 1,539 deaths, injured more than 3,000 and caused permanent disability to more than 900 Yemenis.

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