Commencement of the explosive hazards clearance activities in Mosul’s Old City

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has recently been granted access to the Old City of Mosul to assess, survey and clear explosive hazards including improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war to complement the work of the Iraqi Security Forces. This will not only facilitate rehabilitation of infrastructure and assist the stabilization process but also allow for the safe return of displaced families to their homes.

A general assessment of the Old City started on 20 November following a multi-partner technical workshop, which was held in Mosul on 16 November. The aim of this assessment is to get a better understanding of the explosive hazards threat levels in the Old City to advise UNDP,
UNEP, UNESCO and UNHABITAT on possible areas that need to be cleared before they start their respective work. This, together with other assessments by the above UN organizations, will also assist in giving the best advice to the Government.

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Source: Relief Web