A Yemeni man pushes a boy who was wounded in a land mine explosion near their shelter in al-Hamili district, in the Taez province, western Yemen, on November 29, 2018. / AFP / NABIL HASSAN
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Months after heavy clashes between Houthi rebels and pro-government fighters forced them to flee their coastal village in Yemen's western province of Taiz, the Ghaleb family had finally returned home. But their relief was cut short just days later when a land mine left in their home exploded, wounding their 7-year-old son.Devastated by hunger and war, civilians on Yemen's western coast, south of the flashpoint port of Hodeida, are coming face to face with the lingering threat posed by thousands of land mines planted mostly by the Houthi rebels.The Houthis denied the use of land mines in a letter to Human Rights Watch, but the New York-based watchdog insists the rebels have routinely planted explosives before retreating.Hassan al-Jahwari, head of the Saudi-backed Masam land mine clearance project, said he had 16 teams working around Mokha to clear mines.
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