The United Nations reveals the death toll from Houthi mines during the truce
The United Nations revealed the death toll from the Houthi militia’s mines during the 6 months of the armistice that collapsed on October 2.
The Office of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, OCHA, said in a recent report, seen by Al-Ain news, that “since the start of the nationwide truce on April 2, 2022, the number of civilian casualties due to explosive remnants of war and landmines has increased by approximately 20% compared to the previous months.” the previous 6, until it reached more than 340 civilians.
He added that “between April and September 2022, from the entry into force of the armistice, landmines and unexploded ordnance caused about 95 deaths and 248 injuries among civilians.”
The report records the most affected areas are the broader frontline areas in the governorates of Hodeidah and Al-Jawf, and indicates that the calm in the fighting allowed civilians to move more freely, which increased their exposure to Houthi mines and explosive devices.
In the 6 months leading up to the truce, the number of civilian casualties was much lower at 248 in total, including 101 dead and 147 injured, according to the report.
Obstruction of relief work
The dangers of mines of the Houthi militia not only killed civilians, but also extended to preventing safe movements, and restricting participation in livelihood activities, including the movement of relief organizations.
The report said that the humanitarian community faced restrictions on physical access due to the risks of contamination. In the third quarter of 2022, 58 access restrictions related to the presence of mines and unexploded ordnance were reported to the Houthis.
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