Pro-gov't Yemeni forces defuse 15 Houthi-laid landmines in Hodeidah

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-13 20:18:14|Editor: huaxia

ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The pro-government forces defused more than 15 Houthi-laid landmines in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Thursday, a military official told Xinhua.

The engineering teams of the pro-government forces began a large-scale operation to dismantle anti-armor and individual mines in the areas between the Red Sea Mills and the air defense base in Hodeidah, the local military official said on condition of anonymity.

The joint pro-government forces were in the process of clearing the liberated areas of the mines left by the Houthi-militias before their withdrawal during the past years, according to the official.

Previous reports by humanitarian organizations said Yemen has become one of the largest landmine battlefields in the world since World War II.

The Iran-allied Houthi rebels seized the northern provinces including the capital Sanaa in late 2014, forcing Yemen's President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government into exile. Enditem