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UNIFIL celebrates the International Mine Awareness Day. Photo: UNMAS

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ABOUT

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 accident within UNIFIL Area of Operation occurred on 18 November 2017 in Shumariya Village, resulting in the death of a 13-year old boy. UNMAS Lebanon 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 also supports the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC) through the provision of a series of MRE activities and events to local schools and communities on a weekly basis.

ACTIVITIES

The 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 eight demining teams provided by Cambodia and China. UNMAS Lebanon conducts the following activities in support of these efforts:

Activities during January 2018

FUNDING

UNMAS 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 March 2018

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IMPACT

  • Humanitarian clearance of 4.6 million square meters of land conducted between 2006-2010 to establish a safe environment and ensure freedom of movement for vulnerable populations.

  • Technical oversight of the clearance of over 114,117 square meters of land, mainly on access lanes to Blue Barrel points; and the destruction of over 3,511 landmines since July 2006, in order to facilitate UNIFIL’s efforts to mark the Line of Withdrawal between Lebanon and Israel, also called the Blue Line.

  • Provision of validation 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); along with Quality Assurance (QA) and monitoring of operational and completed sites.

  • Provision of landmine and other ERW safety and awareness trainings for UNIFIL, Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), and other UN agency personnel, along with mine risk education (MRE) events, and school engagement activities which have benefitted over 2,602 students in local villages and towns since January 2017.

 

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