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Lebanon

IMPACT

  • Provision of technical oversight of the UNIFIL demining assets in order to facilitate UNIFIL’s efforts to mark the Line of Withdrawal between Lebanon and Israel, also called the Blue Line, thereby decreasing the threat and impact of landmines and other ERW.

 

  • Support to the UNIFIL clearing assets in the clearance of 4.6 million square meters of land conducted between 2006-2011 in order to establish a safe environment and ensure freedom of movement for vulnerable populations. In the process, a total of 32,588 cluster bombs and explosive remnants of war (ERW) were found and destroyed.

 

 

  • Validation and training support of UNIFIL demining units from Cambodia and China in order to ensure that deminers are operating safely and in accordance with their in-country SOPs and National Mine Action Standards (NMAS); along with Quality Assurance (QA) monitoring of demining activities.

 

  • Provision of landmine/ERW and IED safety and awareness trainings for UNIFIL, Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), and other UN agency personnel, along with mine risk education (MRE) events, and school engagement activities, ensuring safety and security to the local communities along with the mission personnel.

 

ABOUT

Landmines and other ERW continue to endanger the lives of local populations and UNIFIL personnel in the UNIFIL’s Area of Operations (AO).  The most recent mine-related incidents within the Mission AO occurred in September 2018, where a local resident was seriously injured in a cluster bomb explosion in the vicinity of Houla; and in October 2018, where a Team Leader from Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA) was injured during the controlled demolition of a landmine.

 

The United Nations Mine Action Service in Lebanon works in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) and Resolution 2433 (2018) 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 also supports the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC) by coordinating MRE activities for local schools and communities.

 

ACTIVITIES

The UNIFIL J3-Combat Engineers Section coordinates operations for eight demining teams provided by Cambodia (CAMBMEU) and China (CHINMEU). UNMAS in Lebanon supports these teams through the provision of quality assurance monitoring, validation and refresher training. UNMAS also provides landmine/ERW and IED safety and awareness briefings for UN personnel. Additionally, in keeping with UNIFIL’s Protection of Civilian’s Strategy, UNMAS coordinates MRE activities for local populations under the lead of the LMAC.

 

JUNE 2019 ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 13 QA /QC monitoring of CAMBMEU demining activities
  • 1 refresher training QA monitoring event for CAMBMEU members who returned from leave and have been absent for more than 10 calendar days.
  • 1 Landmine / ERW & IED theoretical & Practical safety training part of UNIFIL SSAFE in UNIFIL HQ
  • 1 Landmine / ERW & IED safety training session to OGL Observers (UNTSO) as part of their induction to UNIFIL
  • 1 Landmine / ERW & IED theoretical safety training session to (IOM) in Beirut as part of their induction
  • 5 Practical and theoretical training support events for incoming CHINMEU rotation in preparation for their operational validation
  • 3  On-site assessment validation events for incoming CHINMEU

 

FUNDING

UNMAS in Lebanon operational activities are funded by the UNIFIL Assessed Budget for the 2018/2019 fiscal year ending on 30 June 2019. The programme continues to carry out activities without delay or interruption. 

 

Updated June 2019