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UAE to take up demining project in Lebanon

posted on 03/04/2002: 2653 views

The UAE Armed Forces yesterday began sorting out tenders submitted by 10 companies for the project "Operation Emirates Solidarity”, a UAE sponsored US$50 million project for demining Lebanon. The UAE Armed Forces are at present involved in several humanitarian projects in war stricken regions. These include Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Kosovo and an airport in Albania.

Around 130,000 landmines were planted by Israelis before they withdrew the occupation forces from the region around two years ago. The figure does not include booby-traps and buried ammunition spread in the region. There are and estimated 360 booby traps in different regions in the South. Mines casualty toll has reached around 160, according Lindstrom, Project Manager for United Nations Mine Action Co-ordination Cell, UNMACC.

In response to the Lebanese government's request for support, the UAE, on the instructions of President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has granted Lebanon US$50 million for demining the liberated areas in South Lebanon. The signing of the memorandum took place on October 25 last year. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNFIL, was facing difficulties in demining the area before the UAE offered support. (The Khaleej Times)


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