Italy donates 585,000 euros to explosive hazard clearance in Iraq

Italy has committed a further 585,000 euros to UNMAS, the UN’s mine clearing agency, to support efforts to clear Iraq of landmines and unexploded remnants of war, allowing displaced families to return.

Years of war with ISIS have left the ground and buildings of Iraq saturated with explosive hazards. Until this complex work is complete, reconstruction and resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) cannot press ahead.

“Among the activities testifying the commitment of the Government of Italy to stabilization, explosive hazard management and demining are deemed crucial for both the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the protection of civilians, as a precondition for a safe reconstruction,” said Bruno Pasquino, Ambassador of Italy to Iraq, in a statement.

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Source: RUDAW