Engineers of the national resistance... Life makers in Houthi mine-contaminated areasEnglish - Saturday 04 February 2023 الساعة 09:33 am
Within a wide yard, high-tech engineering units of the National Resistance are working to extract mines planted by the Houthi militia on the western coast, after Iran's arm turned it into the largest minefield in the world after World War II.
Nothing is heard in that field, except for the loud beeps of mine detectors, and at each different sound the soldiers pause to take out the Houthi death traps, in a careful way to give the team a high percentage of safety.
It is part of a humanitarian mission to secure the lives of civilians after the terrorist movement has spread tools of death everywhere, of various types, some of which are difficult to detect, and others that require a longer time to extract due to their association with a complex network of explosive objects, in addition to the huge quantities of mines that It is estimated at about two million multi-mines, in the West Coast regions alone.
The most difficult mine to find is the plastic one. The terrorist movement has developed its deadly tools with the help of Iran, with the aim of inflicting maximum harm on civilians.
Moreover, the Houthi militia planted mines in unimaginable places, while the locations of their placement indicate that they primarily target civilians.
Recently, the Houthi militia changed its lethal tactics in planting mines, with the aim of killing the workers in the demining units, after they connected the electrical circuit of the mine to the cover that reaches the detonator, and made it explosive in the face of the deminer when he tried to remove the explosive head.
Among the victims was engineer Farhan al-Saeedi, one of the most well-known demining workers, who died after he tried to remove a mine with an electrical circuit attached to the cover of the mine itself.
In addition, the Houthi militia is constantly seeking to change its methods of laying mines, to make the issue of extracting mines a more difficult task for demining engineers.
Workers happy to clear mines
Among the happy moments of the demining team is being able to extract a huge amount of mines after a daily work trip, as the workers in the military engineering unit feel happy to be able to remove the dangers to the lives of civilians, and to spare them the Houthi death traps.
On the other hand, a flood of sadness controls their feelings in the event that they return from work, and they are able to discover only a few numbers, compared to what they achieved the day before.
One of the workers in the field of demining, who only gives his first name, Muhammad, says that working in the field of demining has opened the appetite of the workers to extract the largest amount of mines, and this is due to their desire to spare civilians the scourge of falling into them.
He adds, the tragedies that happened to civilians on the West Coast, most of whom were children who were working in herding sheep when Houthi mines exploded, prompted the workers to expedite the clearance of large areas with the broad support of the member of the Presidential Council - Head of the Political Bureau, Brigadier General Tariq Muhammad Abdullah Saleh.
The Houthi militia sought to benefit from everything it found in the state's stores during its coup against power, including the old missiles that the Ministry of Defense was about to destroy because they could not be launched due to their obsolescence.
In addition to these missiles, the missiles of modern aircraft were another target of the Houthi militia, as they removed the propellant charge of the missile and replaced it with an explosive charge, turning it into highly lethal and impactful explosive devices.
The Houthi militia placed these explosive missiles under bridges, ferries, main roads, government institutions, and fish landing centers, with the aim of completely blowing them up.
The Houthi militia also used these devices to target civilian and military vehicles indiscriminately, as it is part of the brutal act carried out by Iran's arm.
In addition, the Houthi militia created camouflage mines that are difficult to detect, some of which mimic the colors and shapes of nature, for example, in the form of stones, and others similar to palm trunks, while the most dangerous of them was equipped with a high-resolution thermal camera, which explodes as soon as the victim approaches it.
Small fuses that come in the form of shiny objects that the victim believes can benefit from, are also the most deadly Houthi killing tools for civilians, as when they explode, they cause permanent damage to the victim, such as the amputation of his hand, foot, deformation of his face, and scars that are difficult to hide or get rid of.
And there are the laser-equipped devices, as well as the small, locally made devices, which are now called "Abu Qarn", due to the presence of more than one air sensor, as they are considered dangerous devices due to the occurrence of their explosion as soon as that sensor is touched, stepped on, or moved.
In addition to the above, the Houthi militia has developed mines for vehicles or small-sized rockets, to make them individual mines by providing them with an external pedal that causes a large explosion that often leads to large numbers of civilian casualties.
On top of that, the Houthi militia invented dozens of locally made mines, in special workshops, taking advantage of Iran's terrorist methods of spreading death tools in cities and large areas.
The Houthi militia took civilians as a main target to overthrow large numbers of them, as they planted individual mines inside their homes and behind the doors of locked rooms, toilets, and even inside the Tihama nest, after forcing its residents to leave.
Mines were also planted in agricultural fields and narrow paths leading to villages on the seam lines, as well as in shaded places, under trees, places where civilians gather, and water sources.
The aim is to take revenge on civilians when they return to their homes, after forcing them to leave before.
Human rights centers are documenting the fall of thousands of victims across the liberated cities, including dead and wounded, as a result of Houthi militia mines over the past eight years.