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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. The most recent landmine-related incident involving UN personnel occurred in September 2016, when a UNIFIL patrol vehicle hit a landmine in South Lebanon. Although the vehicle was severely damaged, no injuries were reported.

UNMAS Prgramme in Lebanon works in support of S/RES/2305 (2016) 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 quality assurance and monitoring of operational and completed sites. These activities allow UNIFIL troop contributing country demining teams to safely conduct clearance and to ensure compliance with national and international mine action standards. 


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

Support Activities during February 2017:


UNMAS Lebanon operational activities are funded by the UNIFIL Assessed Budget for the 2016/2017 fiscal year ending on 30 June 2017. The programme received the full budget allocation requested for this timeframe, and as such, will continue to carry out activities without delay or interruption.  UNMAS Lebanon was also awarded USD 40,000 USD from the Government of Korea which will be used for mine risk education activities in coordination with UNIFIL Civil Affairs and the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC).

Updated March 2017

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  • Technical oversight of the clearance of over 104,901 square metres of access lanes to Blue Barrel points and of the destruction of over 6,974 landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) in order to facilitate UNIFIL’s efforts to delineate and mark the Blue Line
  • Validation, quality assurance and training support of UNIFIL demining units from Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Cambodia and China in order to ensure that deminers are operating safely and in accordance with their in-country standard operating procedures and the National Mine Action Standards
  • Provision of landmine and other ERW safety and awareness trainings for UNIFIL and Observer Group Lebanon (OGL) personnel 




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