Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) this week launched the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance, a programme committed to making Yemen landmine-free, the Business Wire reported Friday (June 29th).
The programme aims to protect civilians and to safeguard the delivery of humanitarian supplies.
It was launched Monday (June 25th) when the Yemeni government signed an agreement for clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war with Dynashield.
There have been more than 1,539 recorded deaths as a result of landmines in Yemen's conflict, with 3,000 suffering injuries and more than 900 facing permanent disability.
At a KSrelief-funded prosthetics centre in Yemen's Marib, more than 195 landmine victims were fitted with prosthetics last year.
The project will include consultation, surveying and co-ordination with local authorities; clearing of landmines across at least six provinces, including Sanaa, Marib, Aden and Taez; and the deployment of rapid-intervention teams to clear critical aid delivery infrastructure and respond to emergency situations.
"The use of landmines against the innocent people of Yemen has been a despicable blight on the lives of civilians and aid workers across the country," said KSrelief supervisor general Abdullah al-Rabeeah.