Landmine explosion kills Yemeni citizen in Hodeidah

At least one Yemeni citizen was killed during an explosion of a landmine in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, a security official told Xinhua.

The local security source, who asked to remain anonymous, said that “one of the landmines planted by the Houthi fighters exploded on a public road, killing a citizen in the district of Durayhmi, south of Hodeidah province.”

The Yemeni citizen, identified as 22-year-old Ibrahim Mohammed Hassan, died immediately following the explosion, the source said.

Landmines and explosives of various kinds and sizes are considered a deadly long-standing threat to the lives of millions of Yemenis and have killed and injured hundreds of them, including women and children.

Previous reports of humanitarian organizations suggested that Yemen has become one of the largest landmine battlefields in the world since the World War II.

The Houthi rebels launched a large military campaign and seized the capital Sanaa in late 2014, forcing Yemen’s President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government into exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries intervened militarily and began pounding the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa in March 2015 in response to an official public request from Hadi to protect Yemen and roll back Iran’s influence.

The conflict between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government has recently entered its fifth year, aggravating the suffering of Yemenis and deepening the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.