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UAE demining team clears 28 Lebanese villages

posted on 08/06/2007: 4717 views

Beirut - A demining team from the UAE Armed Forces working in Lebanon has handed over to Lebanese authorities 28 villages in southern Lebanon after successfully clearing the villages of landmines, cluster bombs and other dangerous explosives left behind by the Israeli army.

Areas cleared by the team, which is part of the UAE Project for the Support and Construction of Lebanon, include farmlands and fields in a number of villages in Southern Lebanon.

The administration of the Project has handed over the cleared areas to the Lebanese authorities in a short ceremony attended by heads of the municipalities of the affected areas, officials of the Coordination Centre for the Demining of South Lebanon, which operates under the supervision of a United Nations team and the Lebanese Army.

According to Captain Abdullah Butti Al Shamsi, who toured the cleared area, about 766,433 square metres have been cleared of mines since the beginning of the Project, bringing the total areas cleared to 4,861,581.

He said 4,304 landmines and cluster bombs have been unearthed during the operations.

Reacting on the achievement, Lebanese officials expressed profound gratitude to the UAE and its leadership for their "great humanitarian services worth emulating". They also expressed gratitude to all the personnel of the UAE demining team. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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