Landmines planted by Houthis have murdered eight fishermen in Midi in the governorate of Hajjah, in the north of Yemen.
A military source told Alsahwa Net militias of the Houthis and Saleh planted a lot of landmines in the costs of Midi, pointing out that the Yemeni army managed to remove most of them.
Meanwhile, engineering teams have recently managed to remove more than 36,000 landmines which had been planted by militias of the Houthis and Saleh in different areas of Marib governorates.
Since Marib has been liberated by the National Army, scores of people have been fallen killed and wounded due to the landmines planted by the militias.
The director of the engineering department of Yemen Army Brigadier Sheikh Zaid told Alarabia TV on Wednesday that thousands of mines which were found in Marib date back to World War II era, some of them were Iranian and Russian-made and others are locally manufactured
He cited that about 6,500 mines were ruined and more than 30,000 others will be ruined soon.
The Yemeni National Army has removed about 3,000 landmines from al-Bukua district in Saadah governorate.
The use of landmines by forces of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh has caused numerous civilian casualties and hinders the return of families displaced by the fighting.
“The Houthis and allied forces are showing cold-hearted cruelty toward civilians by using landmines,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch. “Yemen’s warring parties should immediately stop laying mines, destroy mines in their possession and ensure that demining teams can work unimpeded so that families can safely return home.”
It further said that these landmines planted in the coast are Iranian-made, pointing out that teams of the Yemeni army are still going on removing landmines.