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Today's Mine Action News (15th February 2016)

Posted on February, 15 2016

AFRICA

Mali
3 Soldiers Die After Vehicle Hits Landmine in Central Mali
[AP- Yahoo] Mali's defense ministry says three soldiers have been killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Mali's central Mopti region. The defense ministry statement said two soldiers were also wounded Tuesday in the explosion in Mondoro, which is near the border with Burkina Faso.

The Role of Humanitarian Mine Action in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
[UNMAS-Mali] The importance of mine action as an enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) cannot be understated. Landmines and explosive hazards prevent safe access to education, health and water to millions of people around the world. 

Sudan
Italy Contributes to UN Mine Action Work in Sudan
[UN in Sudan] The Government of Italy gave EUR 250,000 to UNMAS for humanitarian mine action work in Sudan. The support will enable UNMAS to commence an important project aimed at reducing casualties among the Sudanese population and humanitarian field workers in the Kassala province. 

ASIA

Cambodia
Cousins Die Playing With UXO in Kompong Thom
[Cambodia Daily] Two children died on Friday afternoon in Kompong Thom province after attempting to open a rocket-propelled grenade they found near their house with an ax, police said on Sunday.

Syria
Russia/Syria: Daily Cluster Munition Attacks
[HRW] The Syrian-Russian joint military operation in Syria has included the use of internationally banned cluster munitions in at least 14 attacks across five governorates since January 26, 2016. The attacks killed at least 37 civilians, including six women and nine children, and wounded dozens.

Yemen
New Report of U.S.-Made Cluster Bomb Use by Saudis in Yemen
[NYT] Human Rights Watch released a report Sunday providing new indications that Saudi Arabia has fired American-made cluster munitions, banned by international treaty, in civilian areas of Yemen, and said their use may also violate United States law. 

EUROPE

Ukraine
Three Killed as Passenger Bus Hits Mine in East Ukraine
[AFP - Yahoo] Three people were killed on Wednesday when a passenger minibus hit a mine in separatist eastern Ukraine during a relative calm in fighting in the 21-month war.

GLOBAL

Lenders Cite Complex Factors in Arms Export Loans
[Defense News] Commercial banks weigh business, ethical and legal factors as they consider, with a clock racing, whether to lend money to fund an arms export deal, financial specialists said Tuesday at a conference organized by Thomas More Institute, a think tank.

 

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