2 killed by explosive war remnant in Yemen

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  • Thursday, 08 Jun 2023

SANAA, June 7 (Xinhua) -- A woman and a child were killed and another child was injured in the explosion of a warhead remnant in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday.

The remnant went off while the victims were walking along a road in the village of Al-Masani, located in the Al-Hali district southeast of the port city, according to the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV. The majority of the port city, including the Al-Hali district, is currently under Houthi control.

The incident is a reminder of the ongoing danger posed by landmines and explosive war remnants in Yemen.

The United Nations revealed in a recent report that landmines and unexploded ordnance had caused 121 civilian casualties in Yemen during the first quarter of 2023.

The report revealed that the majority of these casualties occurred in the provinces of Hodeidah, Al-Jawf, and Marib. Heavy rainfall in these areas dislodged explosive devices, increasing the likelihood of blasts.

Millions of landmines and unexploded ordnance scattered across the Yemeni territory pose an ongoing threat to the lives and well-being of civilians for years to come, the report added.

Since late 2014, Yemen has been embroiled in a deadly military conflict between the Houthi group and the internationally-recognized government.

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