Landmines in Taiz and Hodeidah governorates
In early 2018, fighting opposing Ansar Allah troops and forces supported by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intensified along the frontline between Taïz and Hodeidah. The coalition-backed forces continued to advance on Hodeidah, until the offensive on this city was launched on 13 June 2018. In an effort to prevent the advance of the coalition’s ground troops, thousands of mines and improvised explosive devices were planted among the region’s roads and fields. The principal victims of these concealed deadly hazards are civilians who are killed or have to be amputated, leaving them maimed for life.
Since August, MSF teams have been working in Mocha, Taiz governorate, where they opened a surgical field hospital to provide emergency medical care to war wounded from the Hodeidah and Taiz frontlines. The MSF field hospital in Mocha remains the only health facility performing emergency surgery on the local population in the area. Teams are also treating pregnant women with complicated deliveries that require urgent surgery. Between August and December 2018, MSF’s teams in Mocha admitted and treated over 150 people wounded by mines, improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance.
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