SANAA, May 28 (NNN-YPA) – Two children were killed and three others were wounded yesterday, when the car they were travelling in, hit a landmine, in Yemen’s northern province of Al-Jawf, according to a local official.
The incident occurred in the al-Masloub district, in the south-west of Al-Jawf, approximately 143 km north-east of the capital, Sanaa, said the source, on condition of anonymity.
Two out of three children in the family lost their lives, while the parents and the remaining child sustained injuries, he added.
In a recent report, the United Nations stated that, landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) had caused 121 civilian casualties and deaths in Yemen, during the first quarter of this year.
The report revealed that the majority of these casualties occurred in the governorates of Hodeidah, Al-Jawf, and Marib. Heavy rainfall in these areas dislodged explosive devices, increasing the likelihood of unintentional blasts.
Yemen is plagued by millions of landmines and UXOs scattered across its territory, posing an ongoing threat to the lives and well-being of civilians, for years to come, the report added.
Since the late 2014, Yemen has been embroiled in a deadly military conflict between the Houthi group and the internationally-recognised government.– NNN-YPA