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Today's Mine Action News (10th August 2017)

Posted on August, 10 2017

AFRICA

Sudan
UXO Detonation Kills Herder in Tawila, North Darfur
[Dabanga] An item of unexploded ordnance (UXO) detonated and killed a camel herder in Tabit, North Darfur, on Monday. 

ASIA

Afghanistan
ACAP III Monthly Status Update - July 2017
[UNMAS] ACAP III substantially completed its immediate assistance response to the victims of the explosion on the 31st of May in Kabul which reportedly killed 150 and injured approximately 400. A total of 486 families were provided with food and non-food packages. Assessments and provision of short-term services are continuing. 

Iraq
UNMAS Welcomes Generous Contribution from The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
[UNAMI] The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has confirmed its commitment to support stabilization and humanitarian activities through mitigation of explosive hazards in Mosul, Iraq with a contribution of 500,000 Euros to UNMAS.

One Year Fallujah – Supporting Stabilization and Reconstruction Through Addressing Explosive Hazards [Arabic
[UNAMI] Over a year ago, on 26 June 2016, Fallujah was retaken from Da’esh. Booby-traps and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) where left behind causing victims among the returning civilians. Through survey, clearance and explosive hazard awareness campaigns, UNMAS supported stabilization and reconstruction efforts to enable the population to return to their homes safely.

96 Iraqi police officers successfully complete first responder course [Arabic
[UNAMI] Ninety six Iraqi police officers have successfully completed the first responder community police training course aimed to enable them to deliver risk education to local communities and provide immediate response, if an explosive hazard is suspected or identified within their community. 

Iraqis Returning Home to Mosul Encounter Explosives Left Behind by ISIS
[Washington Free Beacon] Iraqi families returning home to West Mosul nearly a month after the war-torn city was liberated from the Islamic State are facing deadly remnants left behind by the terrorist group in the form of hidden explosives and booby traps.

Palestine
End of Major Aerial Bomb Clearance Operations in Gaza
[OCHA] In April 2017, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) cleared the last known accessible aerial bomb in Gaza, marking an important milestone in addressing the legacy of unexploded ordnance contamination in Gaza. 

EUROPE

UK
Wartime Bombs and Mines Fail to Stop Cross-Channel Power Cable
[Guardian] A £625m project to connect the energy systems of the UK and Belgium has unearthed more than a dozen bombs and mines dating back a century to when the continent was racked by war.

GLOBAL

Cluster Munitions Still in Use Seven Years after Ban Came into Force
[Handicap International] The Oslo Convention banning the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions entered into force seven years ago, on 1 August 2010. Despite the undeniable success of the convention, which has been signed by 119 countries, cluster munitions are still used intensively and repeatedly in Yemen and Syria.

Mine Clearance Funds Announced at Thornhill-Based Charity
[BBC] An £8.1m funding extension to mine clearance work has been announced during a visit to the south of Scotland-based Halo Trust.

 

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