Mine removal unit in Yemen decries lack of UN support in removing Saudi explosives that target civilians

Mine removal unit in Yemen decries lack of UN support in removing Saudi explosives that target civilians

The Yemen Executive Mine Action Centre (YEMAC) revealed on Thursday the number of casualties increased in several areas contaminated with mines, cluster bombs and other ordnances.

The YEMAC affirmed in a statement that the casualties grew as a result of the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) procrastination in providing marking requirements for areas contaminated with these remnants.

The center said that the UNDP’s delays doubled the casualties, as one family was exposed on Wednesday to an explosion that completely destroyed its car in Hodeidah province, caused by mine remnants.

The center indicated that demining teams in Hodeidah rushed to the place and retrieved and exhumed the bodies of the victims.

Over the past 4 months, it has been following up on the UNDP to provide supplies and means of marking dangerous areas to inform civilians of those mined areas and prevent more casualties.

“There have been about 180 casualties which could have been prevented if the UNDP had responded to the center’s demands to provide marking supplies in areas of mines,” the center added.