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Today's Mine Action News (7th September 2017)

Posted on September, 7 2017

AFRICA

Somalia
Demining and Bomb Disposal in Somalia
[UN in Action] he United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), with funding from the Japanese Government, is assisting the Somali people in reducing these menaces of war. 

ASIA

Bangladesh/Myanmar
Exclusive: Bangladesh Protests Over Myanmar's Suspected Landmine Use Near Border
[Reuters] Bangladesh lodged a protest after it said Myanmar had laid landmines near the border between the two countries, government officials said on Wednesday, amid growing tensions over the huge influx of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Dacca accuse Rangoun de poser des mines
[20Mins] Le Bangladesh accuse la Birmanie de poster des mines à la frontière afin d'empêcher le retour de Rohingyas fuyant les violences.

Burma Laying Landmines Near Bangladesh Border 'to Prevent Return of Rohingya Muslims'
[Independent] Dhaka to launch formal complaint against neighbour over explosives intended to keep out 125,000 members of Muslim minority fleeing state-sponsored violence.

Iraq
UK Contributes an Additional GBP 4 Million to Support Explosive Hazard Management in Newly Retaken Areas of Iraq
[Government of the UK / UNMAS] The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) has contributed an additional GBP 4 million towards the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) programme in Iraq, allowing critical explosive hazard management activities to continue in areas newly liberated from Da’esh.

Vietnam
Bomb Disposal Squad Deactivates Napalm Bombs, Mine Found in Central Vietnam
[VN Express] Military officers in Vietnam's central province of Quang Nam said on Tuesday they had disposed of three napalm bombs and a Claymore anti-personnel mine discovered at a local house.

EUROPE

Germany
Frankfurt to Evacuate 70,000 after British WW2 Bomb Found
[BBC] German police will evacuate about 70,000 people from their homes on Sunday after an unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered in Frankfurt.

Holy See
Holy See to UN: End Use of Cluster Munitions
[Vatican Radio] The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, delivered a statement to the 7th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, regarding the universalization of the Convention.

Switzerland
Swiss on Track to Eliminate Cluster Bombs Stockpile
[swissinfo.ch] Switzerland destroyed tens of thousands of cluster bombs last year and looks set to eliminate its stockpile in 2018. But some states continued to use the deadly munitions, mainly in Syria and Yemen, causing 971 causalities globally – double the previous year’s toll. 

GLOBAL

Cluster Munition Monitor 2017
[Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor] Ÿ 2016 marked the second highest annual figure of reported cluster munition casualties since the beginning of Cluster Munition Monitor reporting in 2009, and was more than double the number of new cluster munition casualties recorded for 2015.

Casualties from Cluster Munitions Double in 2016; Syrians Most-Affected – UN-Backed Report
[UN News Centre] Even as countries continue to ratify and implement the international treaty prohibiting the use of cluster munitions, casualties from these notorious weapons doubled in the past year, with civilians accounting for nearly all the victims, according to a United Nations-backed civil society report.

Casualties from Cluster Munitions Doubled in 2016
[BBC] The number of casualties caused by cluster munitions in 2016 was more than double that recorded the previous year, a disarmament group says.

Improvised Explosive Devices Inflict Much More Serious Injuries Than Landmines
[Science Daily - BMJ] The types of close contact injuries inflicted by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are much more serious than those associated with land mines, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

 

Disclaimer: The clippings below are selected world media articles for the information of UN personnel. The inclusion of articles does not imply endorsement by the UN.