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Yemeni PM Lauds Achievements of Saudi Humanitarian Demining Mission

Yemeni PM Lauds Achievements of Saudi Humanitarian Demining Mission

Tuesday, 30 April, 2019 - 09:00
Landmines extracted by the Masam demining teams in Yemen. (Masam Project)

Yemeni Prime Minister Moeen Abdul Malik lauded tremendous efforts exerted by the Saudi demining initiative in Yemen, Masam.

He made his remarks after receiving Masam Project chief Ousama al-Gosaibi and the Director of the Yemeni National Mine Action Program, Brig. Gen. Amin Al-Aqili in the interim Yemeni capital, Aden.

“The head of Yemeni government commended sacrifices put forth by staffers of the Masam project, which is backed by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief),” the official Saba news agency reported.

He thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts in alleviating the suffering invited upon Yemenis by Iran-backed Houthi militias.

Saudi Arabia's support of Yemen and its people, its leadership of the Arab coalition, which is backing the legitimacy and President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and rescuing of Yemenis from the Houthis and Iran’s regional expansionist project will forever be etched in history and remembered with gratitude by Yemenis, the PM said.

He also conveyed his condolences to the family members of Masam demining staffers who died on duty in the Mocha region.

Landmines and explosive devices have been planted by Houthis throughout civilian areas as they retreat from advancing legitimate forces.

“The government will spare no effort to provide all support to the national mine action program,” Abdul Malik added, blasting Houthi terrorists for cultivating a “culture of death and destruction.”

Gosaibi, for his part, highlighted the large number of mines and explosives that have been defused by the team and which were left behind by militants in civilian neighborhoods, public spaces, on sea shores and schools across the war-torn country.

He also briefed the gatherers of the risks and challenges facing the demining staffers on the field.

Masam includes 32 demining teams deployed in government-controlled areas. It announced that its engineering teams, during the last week of April, extracted more than 2,000 mines.

Since it first started operating in Yemen, Masam has succeeded in removing 63,719 mines.

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