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Accomplishing demining Southern Lebanon operations in 15 months a top UAE priority

posted on 12/11/2006: 3240 views



The deadline set for the UAE demining southern Lebanon operations is a top priority for the UAE Programme to Support and Rebuild Lebanon, Colonel Saif Jaber Al Alili, Chief of the UAE National Demining Commission (UAENDC) was quoted as saying by UAE Al Ittihad daily newspaper.



UAENDC is tasked with clearing mines, defusing bombs and removing cluster bomblets and other types of unexploded munitions in Southern Lebanon and is set to accomplish the mission within the set period of 15 months, noted Al Alili.



An initiative to clear Southern Lebanon of mines, cluster bomblets and blind bombs was launched this year by President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan launched this year. Accordingly, the UAE Programme to Support and Rebuild Lebanon signed agreements with two British companies, ArmourGroup and Bactec, to carry out a mine clearance operation along with the engineering personnel of the UAE Armed Forces.



Clearance of the 6th Area, some 3.136.440 sq meter, is expected to be finalized by the end of 2007, he added Work now is underway to clear areas south of Littani River and along the Lebanese-Israeli borderline of unexploded ordnance.



This same 580 sq km. area was previously mine-cleared by the UAE Demining Programme, Tadhamun which was launched by the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.



As part of the UAE support to United Nations Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC) which is carrying out a large-scale demining operation to clear mines, defuse and remove cluster bomblets and other types of unexploded munitions in Southern Lebanon, the UAE Programme to Support and Rebuild Lebanon signed agreements with two British companies, ArmourGroup and Bactec, to carry out a mine clearance operation along with the engineering personnel of the UAE Armed Forces, said Al Alili.



Clusters bomblets, are present everywhere in and around contaminated villages, gardens, orchards and trees, rooftops and rubble are peppered with seemingly innocuous canisters that turn out to be cluster bombs. Some 746 contaminated sites north of Littani River have been identified so far.



Unexploded submunitions, duds that fail to detonate on impact but are still live and at risk of exploding to kill thousands of civilians are estimated by the UN between hundreds of thousands to over a million.



More than 2.1 million cluster bomblets have been, according to UN sources, launched or dropped by Israeli forces during the last three days of war.



The process of identifying contaminated sites has to be accelerated and finalized before the winter season because bomblets and other dangerous ordnance can be displaced and swept by rainwater and flash currents to other sites or even buried underground for generations, noted Al Alili. According to a recent UN report, the number of unexploded bombs and other ordnance in Southern Lebanon is higher than in Iraq or Kosovo. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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