The Yemeni government said, “Since its coup against legitimacy in 2014, the Houthi militia has planted more than a million mines in all the lands it controls, including and around the main cities and around the main transportation routes and international shipping lanes in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab.”
Yemen’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdullah Al-Saadi, said at the Security Council’s high-level open debate on mine action and maintaining peace, “International reports have proven that the Houthi militia does not only use weapons and mines obtained from Iran, but rather it manufactures them locally.” “.
He added, “Despite the ban imposed on these forbidden weapons, the Houthi militia is working to plant mines in an indiscriminate manner, targeting the civilian population, especially women and children, in the deliberate and systematic killing of innocent people and civilians injured by the explosion of mines, who are not fortunate enough to reach health facilities.” They usually have no other choice but to amputate their injured limbs. “
Al-Saadi pointed out that the Ottawa treaty ratified by the Republic of Yemen prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines. However, these weapons are still widely used in many conflict areas, especially by coup militias and non-state armed actors.
He pointed out that, in addition to the grave danger that mine laying poses to civilians during the conflict and even long after this conflict, landmines undermine the efforts of humanitarian actors by limiting the use of safe food corridors, leaving civilians in critical conditions facing high probabilities of widespread famine. wide range.
He explained that the Yemeni government has established a national committee for mine action as a step in implementing the response plan to combat the use, storage and planting of mines, as this committee represents the official body to formulate relevant policies, allocate resources and develop national strategies to confront the human and material damages resulting from planting and storing mines. The government has implemented a number of projects. Mine action covers many areas of importance, including socio-economic impacts, mine risk education, and the psychological implications thereof.
The permanent representative of Yemen to the United Nations mentioned that the government is working with the Arab coalition and partners to remove mines planted by the Houthi militia in large areas of Yemen and the Red Sea, and that since 2015 they have removed more than 228,000 mines, explosive devices and marine mines planted by the Houthi coup militia, and with Moreover, the Houthis’ continued laying of mines undermines all efforts made by the Yemeni government related to implementing a set of measures related to mine clearance in Yemen in accordance with its international obligations, resulting in the death and injury of many civilians, including women and children.
He stressed that there is an urgent need for an international effort, by bringing the perpetrators of this crime against humanity to justice, and secondly by supporting the Yemeni government’s efforts aimed at removing and eliminating mines and saving the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians, including women and children.