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UNIFIL celebrates the International Mine Awareness Day. Photo: UNMAS

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Landmines and other ERW continue to endanger the lives of local populations and UNIFIL personnel in the Mission Area of Operations (AO). The most recent landmine-related incident within UNIFIL Area of Operation occurred in September 2017 when a Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) personnel was injured while assisting in the clearance of cluster bombs in South Lebanon.

In Lebanon, UNMAS works in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) and Resolution 2373 (2017) to encourage “the parties in coordination with UNIFIL to …. visibly mark the Blue Line in its entirety…”, and to provide UNIFIL and OGL personnel with the knowledge required in order to safely operate in environments where the presence of landmines and other ERW is known and/or suspected. UNMAS Lebanon supports UNIFIL demining activities along the Blue Line, through the provision of training support and validation of UNIFIL demining teams, along with QA and monitoring of operational and completed sites. These activities allow UNIFIL TCC demining teams to safely conduct clearance and to ensure compliance with national and international mine action standards.


UNIFIL Deputy Force Commander heads the Blue Line Task Force, which is involved in the marking process. The UNIFIL J3 Combat Engineers Section coordinates operations for seven demining teams provided by Cambodia and China. UNMAS Lebanon conducts the following activities in support of these efforts:

Support Activities during September 2017


UNMAS Programme in Lebanon operational activities are funded by the UNIFIL Assessed Budget for the 2017/2018 fiscal year ending on 30 June 2018. The programme continues to carry out activities without delay or interruption. 

Updated October 2017

Programme of:



  • Technical oversight of the clearance of over 105,910 square meters of operational tasks, mainly access lanes to Blue Barrel points, and of the destruction of over 6,977 landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) since July 2006, in order to facilitate UNIFIL’s efforts to mark the Blue Line.

  • Validation, Quality Assurance (QA) and training support of UNIFIL demining units from Cambodia and China in order to ensure that deminers are operating safely and in accordance with their in-country SOPs and National Mine Action Standards (NMAS).

  • Provision of landmine and other ERW safety and awareness trainings for UNIFIL, Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), and other UN agencies personnel, along with mine risk education (MRE) events, which have benefitted over 1,470 students in local villages and towns since January 2017.




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