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Eight civilians were killed by mines in Yemen, and more are expected

The #UN update on landmines and remnants of war indicates a possible increase in the risk of landmines in #Yemen during the coming period as a result of their exposure to erosion due to heavy floods.
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During June 2023, the UN Mission in Support of the Hodeidah Agreement recorded six landmine and explosive remnants of war incidents in the Hodeidah Governorate, western Yemen. The incidents killed eight citizens in the province.


According to the United Nations, the number of accidents in June is 50% lower than in June 2022 and 20% lower than in May 2023.


According to the United Nations bulletin on landmines and remains of war, the risk of landmines may increase the next time due to their exposure to erosion caused by intense rains. It is worth noting that, during the previous year, excessive rains washed out many landmines, including anti-vehicle mines, endangering residents, livestock, and commercial traffic.


Landmines are outlawed by the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Treaty, which prohibits all antipersonnel mines. It forbids the use, stockpiling, production, development, and transfer of anti-personnel mines and mandates their destruction, whether stored or installed in the ground. Mines in Yemen are a problem because of successive wars.


Landmines and explosive remnants of war continue to impact the civilian population in Hudaydah, according to Michael Beary, head of the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hudaydah Agreement, in April 2023. During the month of March, the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hodeidah Agreement recorded eight landmine and explosive remnants of war events, resulting in 17 civilian injuries.

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