Landmines left behind by Houthis still prevent IDPs’ return home in central Yemen

Landmines left behind by Houthis still prevent IDPs’ return home in central Yemen

Abdullah Sarhan says he feels “happy that the Houthi [militants] have been driven out” of his village in Maqbana in the central Yemen province of Taiz, but he “can’t declare complete happiness.”

 

“The roads in our villages are still contaminated with a lot of landmines. A neighbor of mine has lost his life last week. That means me and my [six-member] family will have to stay in displacement as long as our village is not cleared of the landmines,” he says. “Me and hundreds of displacees are hesitating to return to Maqbanah and other areas liberated by the army. We hope that after the liberation, the immediately next step for the government is to remove the landmines so people can return to their homes.”

The government controlling the besieged provincial capital, has started a military campaign to break the six year long siege and liberate the rest of the province from the Shia theocratic terrorist militia backed by Iran. The Houthis depend significantly on landmines and snipers to maintain the siege.

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