Minimising danger in and around Hudaydah from landmines is a key priority for the United Nations Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) as it works in tandem with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Yemen Executive Mine Action Centre (YEMAC).
In light of shared concerns on mine action, UNMHA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in November 2019 that identified UNDP as an implementing partner to undertake a mine clearance project, in conjunction with YEMAC, in the three ports that fall within UNMHA's mandate, namely Hudaydah Port, Ras Isa Port and Salif Port. This MoU provides for exchange of information and collaboration on neutralising landmines and unexploded ordinance in these areas.
Various sites of mines and unexploded ordinance in Hudaydah have been identified by YEMAC and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), which have been flagged and identified to prevent residents moving into danger zones. UNMHA monitors regularly check these sites on their patrols to ensure no developments have taken place and warnings are still visible.
UNMHA Deputy Head of Mission Daniela Kroslak observes areas at Hudaydah Port whilst surveying sites of unexploded ordnance, 2019. UN Photo/UNMHA.