The landmines sowing tragedy, chaos in war-torn Yemen

Mourad al-Marouai was just nine when a landmine killed him on a beach in war-torn Yemen, a tragedy that will haunt his family forever.

After a swim, the little boy “suddenly disappeared” when he and his two brothers were beach-combing for garbage to sell.

“All I saw were hands and legs,” elder brother Yahya, 15, told AFP, clasping the rosary that Mourad had found in the sand and given to him.

The chilling incident in January, in the western province of Hodeida, is all too common in Yemen, where mines are a constant threat and hobble economic activity and aid.