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New film on the 'Operation Emirates Solidarity' to be broadcast

posted on 29/08/2004: 2709 views

A new film on the 'Operation Emirates Solidarity' demining programme in Southern Lebanon, entitled Lethal Legacy, is to be broadcast by the History Channel in the UK. The channel is part of the global History Channel network which reaches more than 200 million households, in over 70 countries and 20 languages. It is one of the world's most popular quality documentary channels and is known for its high-grade factual programmes.

The moving and evocative film shows how thousands of mines that were left behind after Israel withdrew from South Lebanon have been cleared by specialist demining teams, including UAE armed forces deminers, led by the UAE in cooperation with the United Nations and the Lebanese Government. The emotionally challenging task of filming the human suffering and the dangerous work of the demining was carried out by the Trident Media Group in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Television.

A special DVD of the film has been made which includes both English and Arabic versions of the film. Since the establishment of OES, almost 5 million square metres (4, 936, 004 sq. m.) of land has been cleared of mines. 56,473 anti personnel mines, 1,641 anti-tank mines, and 4, 376 UXO (unexploded ordinance) have been collected.

Discussions have taken place on the possibility of a fourth phase for the OES project which, if it goes ahead, would concentrate on a populated area, large in geographical size containing potential agricultural land, and sites of historical and tourism value. Estimates based on the known threat in the area suggest that clearance with two commercial contractors could be completed within eighteen months. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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