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Concealed Killer report

Fall of civilians by the landmines laid by the Ansar Allah Armed Group (the Houthis) and Saleh Forces
Wed - (10 May 2017) - Reports

Concealed Killer report reveals that landmines planted by Ansar Allah armed group and the pro-Saleh forces have killed 57 civilians, including 24 children and four women, and injured 47 other civilians, including 21 children and six women in six Yemeni governorates.

The report documented 33 landmine explosion incidents verified by Mwatana’s field research from July 2015 to October 2016.

The gravity of the damage caused by these mines has been increased because they were planted in residential areas, public roads, main streets, homes, farms and crossing paths frequented by civilians daily. In addition to the killing and maiming rates as a result of these mines, they have also led to permanent disabilities among civilians who have been exposed to them, particularly children.

Mwatana Organization research showed that the landmine planting operations in residential neighborhoods were made during the displacement of civilians due to the confrontations, but they explode on them during their return to their homes from the areas they moved to.  Landmines planting operations extended to citizens farms and homes. Mwatana didn’t find in any of the cases that the party responsible for planting these mines has drawn the attention of civilians to them or left a warning sign, signal, or marks to prevent harm to civilians by the mines.

The use of landmines in all documented cases was limited to Ansar Allah and the pro-Saleh forces. These mines and ground bombs appeared in different areas where Saleh and Houthi forces withdrew from, particularly in the governorates of Aden and Lahj in the south, and in the central regions, such as Taiz and al-Baida, and in the north, in governorates such as Sana'a and northeast in Marib.

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