ADEN, The coup militias of Al-Houthi and Saleh, are continuing to plant mines, in land and sea, amid international disregard and silence, although the use of mines in conflict is a war crime.
Planting mines is considered a long-term human crime, as they usually inflict persons with permanent disabilities and Yemen needs years to clear these mines, because there are no maps showing where they are.
Al-Houthi militias and pro-Saleh forces, have planted minefields in the fighting areas, to obstruct the advance of government forces, especially after the liberation of southern governorates.
Local statistics indicate that hundreds of civilian casualties have been killed and amputated, and that the figure is still rising, as the war expands into densely populated areas.
Al-Houthi militias have planted mines indiscriminately without documented maps, making it very difficult to clear or detect them quickly and easily.
On his part, Commander of the Military Engineering Division, in the 4th Military Region, and Director of the National Centre for Anti-Mines in Aden, Colonel Engineer, Haytham Halaboub, said, the coup militias had planted various and indiscriminate mines, including prohibited mines, known as anti-personnel mines, and innovative homemade mines, as well as, anti-tank mines.
He pointed out that the engineering teams managed, until last May, to clear more than 31,000 mines, as remnants of the ongoing war in Aden, Lahj and Abyan and parts of Taiz governorate.
Arab Federation for Human Rights has revealed in its latest report that, Al-Houthis in Yemen have planted more than half a million anti-personnel mines, in different parts of Yemen, killing more than 700 people, while engineers, who were trained by the Arab Coalition, succeeded in the clearance and dismantling of 40,000 mines.
Therefore, the Yemeni government appealed to the international community, to urgently help clearance of Al-Houthi militia's mines to protect the Yemeni people from their devastating effects.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK