The first partnership conference for mine action in Yemen was launched, in the presence of UN organizations, “OCHA” and international organizations, in the capital, Sana’a, with the aim of discussing ways to clear the affected areas in Yemen from the remnants of the Saudi-led coalition.
During the conference, the Director of the Executive Center for Mine Action, Ali Safra, explained that since 2015 until today, 8104 victims of these cluster bombs and remnants of war have been recorded in various provinces.
He pointed out that cluster bombs and mines widely affected the agricultural sector, as 783,690 farms were directly damaged, with a total loss of $1,880,856, and 132,100 hectares were also damaged, with varying losses amounting to $3,645,960.
Safra stated that the number of mines, cluster bombs and remnants of war discovered during the past year 2022 amounted to 20,252 mines and bombs.
He stressed that the Executive Center for Mine Action suffers from a lack of support and the scarcity of supplies and devices for dealing with mines, and there are special devices for mines that are still being held in Djibouti, expressing his hope that this conference will contribute to developing preliminary estimates of the necessary support for the center to carry out its humanitarian work to the fullest.
He stressed that the objectives of this conference would be effective enough to get rid of the mine problem if seriousness was found by all concerned parties and organizations.
Secretary General of the Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Ali Al-Kahlani said: We must work hard to protect the innocent and remove death mines from large areas in Yemen.
Al-Kahlani added: Today, we are facing a major disaster, the extent of which is known only to those who live in those areas contaminated with the remnants of war, which imposed another siege on citizens and forced most to flee. And he added, “It requires everyone to increase work, rehabilitate cadres, and equip them with devices and equipment so that they can clear those mined areas.”