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Yemen: Houthi land mines claim 100 lives in July

Report says Houthis planted mines in villages and residential areas

28.08.2015
Yemen: Houthi land mines claim 100 lives in July

SANAA, Yemen

A new Yemeni government report said that mines planted by the Houthi Shia militia have claimed at least 100 lives and injured 225 people in July.

The Relief Committee for War Victims – a governmental committee in exile – reported that most of the victims are civilians.

The Houthis planted mines in residential areas and villages in Aden, Abyan, Dhale, Lahaj, Taiz, al-Baydaa, Maarib and Shabwah provinces, according to the report.

“Unexploded projectiles left from the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes form a direct threat to civilian lives,” the report said.

Yemen descended into chaos last September, when the Houthis overran capital Sanaa and other provinces, prompting Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies to launch a massive air campaign against the Shia group.

Pro-Hadi forces – backed by Saudi-led air power – have managed recently to retake Aden and Taiz from the Houthis.

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