Houthi forces using banned land mines in Yemen

Published November 22nd, 2015 - 01:06 GMT
Fighters survey the ongoing damage in the Taez province. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)
Fighters survey the ongoing damage in the Taez province. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)

AFP reports that Houthi forces planted banned land mines in the southwestern province of Taez, to slow pro-Hadi forces.

Some of the land mines used in Taez are anti-personnel mines, which are banned by the Ottawa Treaty. 

“Antipersonnel landmines are indiscriminate weapons that should not be used under any circumstances. Houthi forces should immediately stop using these horrific weapons and respect Yemen’s obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty,” said Human Rights Watch (HRW) arms director Steve Goose.

At least a dozen people have been killed by anti-personnel mines in Yemen, HRW reports.

Both anti-personnel and anti-tank mines were planted by Houthi rebels to combat the incoming pro-Hadi forces.

Embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's troops, along with a Saudi-led coalition, are moving toward Rahida. The city is the second-largest in Taez, and is strategically located on the highway that leads to Aden. Hadi recently returned to Aden after exile in Saudi Arabia.

The province of Taez is seen as an important link between the largely Hadi-held southern provinces and the mostly Houthi-held northern provinces of Yemen.

Over 5,700 people have died since the fighting began in March 2015.

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