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Today's Mine Action News (22nd November 2017)

Posted on November, 22 2017

AFRICA

Libya

France Donates EUR 430,000 to the United Nations to Reduce the Danger of Explosive Remnants of War in Misrata, Libya

[UNSMIL] The Government of France has committed EUR 430,000 to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action, enabling the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to carry out life-saving activities in Misrata, Libya.

Territory of Western Sahara

Western Sahara: Frente Polisario Destroys 2,500 Antipersonnel Mines

[All Africa – Sahara Press Service] The Frente POLISARIO has destroyed before international representatives 2,500 anti-personnel and antitank mines, collected in the liberated territories of Western Sahara, especially along the Moroccan wall of 2700 kilometers that divides the territory

Sudan

Darfur Team's Ordnance Education Device Wins Top UN Award

[UN Radio] A project that aims to educate people in remote areas of Darfur about the dangers of explosive remnants of war has been awarded a UN prize for innovation and creativity.

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP III) - Monthly Status Update - October 2017

[UNMAS Afghanistan] The number of civilian casualties of the conflict in Afghanistan increased during the month of October, compared to the previous

month. According to the Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG), 435 casualties were documented in October in which 200 people were killed, including 11 children and 8 women; and another 235 people were injured, including 16 women.

Cambodia

US Extends Mine Clearance Grant

[Khmer Times] The United States has extended for two months a grant to clear unexploded ordnances from the country through the Cambodian Mines Action Centre.

China Donates Mine Clearance Equipment to Cambodia

[Xinhua Net] China donated mine-clearance equipment, wheelchairs, motorcycles and office equipment to the Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA) on Monday.

Lebanon

“Mr. and Mrs. Blue Barrel” educate young children on Blue Line safety

[UNIFIL] First Sergeant Etikasari, a UNIFIL Indonesian peacekeeper, is visiting the public school in Aytarun, a village close to the Blue Line in south Lebanon.

Myanmar

Myanmar Military Trucks Hit Landmines in Troubled Rakhine; One Injured

[Reuters] One person was injured when military trucks hit landmines in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State this week, state media said on Friday, amid ethnic tension following an army crackdown that sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing.

State of Palestine

Rebuilding the Palestinian territories

[NewsHub]  It's been three and a half years since the last war ended in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, but leftover explosives still litter the region. Newshub Europe correspondent Tova O'Brien and cameraman Simon Morrow went there to see how New Zealand is helping make the areas safe.

Syria

Syria Crisis: Northeast Syria - Situation Report No. 18 (1 October– 5 November 2017)

[OCHA] The overall humanitarian and protection situation for civilians displaced from Ar-Raqqa city remains of high concern, particularly with regard to explosive remnants of war (ERW) contamination, amongst other factors. ERW mapping and clearance is required to ensure access for humanitarian partners and create a safe environment that is conducive for voluntary returns.

Vietnam

The Threat of Explosive Remnants of War in A Luoi, Vietnam

[DDG] The A Luoi district in Vietnam is covered with explosive remnants of war (ERW), posing a great threat to the local population. The Danish Demining Group (DDG) has been approved to conduct survey and clearance activities in the area, with the aim of reducing this threat and improving the socioeconomic situation of affected communities.

 

EUROPE

Georgia

NATO successfully finishes clearing unexploded ordnance at site in Georgia

[NATO] NATO has successfully completed a three-year project to clear unexploded ordnance from an ammunition depot in central Georgia. A closing ceremony for the Georgia IV NATO Trust Fund project was held on 7 November 2017 in Tbilisi,   attended by more than 70 guests including NATO and partner nations’ Ambassadors and Defence Attaches, as well as senior NATO and Georgian Government representatives.

 

Ukraine

Civilians Trained to Reclaim Ukraine Minefields

[Washington Post] In an overgrown minefield, Yulia Boiko kneels down and starts gardening. Years of war have caused weeds to grow high in the abandoned croplands of eastern Ukraine. Clad in flak jacket and face mask, she uses shears to snip back sun-scorched scrub, removing vegetation one careful inch at a time to avoid hidden tripwires.

 

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DPKO/DFS cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.