YEMAC Calls on UN to Provide Detectors for Mines to Secure Lives of Civilians

The Sana’a-based Yemen Executive Mine Actions Center (YEMAC) called on the United Nations and humanitarian organizations to make efforts to urgently provide detectors to clear areas contaminated with mines, cluster bombs and remnants of war.

In a statement issued Saturday, the center urged the United Nations and humanitarian organizations to continue supporting the center’s activities to be able to secure the lives of tens of thousands of Yemenis from the remnants of war.

The statement considered the failure to provide the necessary equipment for the center to clear mines, cluster bombs and remnants of war during the past seven years a humanitarian crime and an underestimation of the lives of thousands of civilians in Yemen.

“In light of the humanitarian truce currently underway under the auspices of the UN envoy to Yemen, and with the continued fall of civilians in Yemen due to mines and remnants of war, the center suffers from a lack of supplies for field work and the lack of detectors,” the statement read.

According to the center’s statement, the file of cluster bombs, mines and remnants of war was excluded from the humanitarian treatments during the armistice.

The statement indicated that 62 civilian casualties were recorded between martyrs and wounded in the province of Hodeida, Saada, Sana’a, Jawf, Hajjah, Taiz, Marib, Dhalea and Ibb during the past June, most of them were children and women.

The Executive Center for Mine Action blamed the United Nations, international and humanitarian organizations for more casualties due to the lack of field work requirements and detectors.

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