NGO says Houthi landmines killed 189 persons

NGO says Houthi landmines killed 189 persons

A Yemeni NGO has unveiled staggering statistics of deaths by Houthi planted landmines. The Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV) said 189 persons have been killed by Houthi planted landmines  in the period from April 2015 to the end of October 2017.

In a seminar on the sideline of the UNHRC's 37th session in Geneva, the YCMHRV said 83 of the 189 victims were killed by anti-vehicle landmines and the rest by anti-personnel landmines . Among the victims were 37 government and pro-government fighters, 31 children and 9 women. The landmines injured 225 persons, military personnel and civilians too.

The YCMHRV'S report indicated that most of the victims are in Yemen's central Taiz city where the armed conflict is still going on and Houthis encircle the city.

The report said the militiamen of Houthis and their erstwhile ally, Ali Abdullah Saleh, forced 184 families to leave their villages in Jabal Habashi district in Taiz and wander the earth in search of shelter.

The displaced families suffered famine-like conditions since they had been depending on their farms and already struggling to make ends meet. When they were forced out of their villages, extremists prevented them from taking any of their luggage from their homes

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