Chinese peacekeepers to Lebanon obtains UN mine clearance and EOD certifications

On August 30, 62 members of the 21st Chinese peacekeeping multi-purpose engineer contingent to Lebanon passed the assessment conducted by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in just one try and obtained the certifications for mine clearance and explosive Read More …

Lebanon’s Minefields | Clearing the hidden remnants of war | UN Story

Zeina Saleh is a young Lebanese woman working in mine clearance and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) in southern Lebanon. Women working in the field of demining are rare. Zeina Saleh is amongst those very few women working under extremely risky Read More …

Lebanon: Three Islamic State attacks thwarted in Beirut

‘A terrorist group had recruited young Palestinian men in Lebanon to carry out major bombing attacks’ Lebanon thwarted a plan by the Islamic State group to carry out three suicide bombings targeting Shiite religious compounds in Beirut’s southern suburbs, the Read More …

The Extraordinary Life of the Most Notorious Terrorist Before Bin Laden

If you asked someone to name the world’s most famous terrorist, chances are they would say Osama Bin Laden, the radical Islamist and mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. But 50 years ago, before anyone even associated fundamentalist Islam with terrorism, Read More …

Lebanon: UN chief calls for impartial probe into Beirut Port blast

The U.N. chief called on Monday for an impartial and transparent investigation into last year’s massive Beirut port explosion to ensure justice, after paying tribute to the victims of the blast. The Aug. 4, 2020 blast has been described as Read More …

Lebanon’s townspeople hope for mine-free orchards after two decades of fear

From the balcony of a mosque in Lebanon’s southern town of Abbasiya, a group of townspeople have been anxiously monitoring their orchards for two decades, as the land was planted with mines by the Israeli army before its withdrawal in Read More …

New analysis puts more accurate figure on size of last year’s Beirut blast

New light has been shed on the size of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon in August 2020 that killed more than 200 people and injured thousands more. Estimate of the explosive yield of the blast, which resulted from the detonation Read More …

UK funding for land mine clearance scrapped in Lebanon, Iraq and S. Sudan

UK government funding for land mine clearance in Lebanon, Iraq and South Sudan, as well as three other countries, has been scrapped in what humanitarian organisations called a “catastrophic collapse in support”. The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) released a statement Read More …

MAG responds to catastrophic collapse in UK support for landmine clearance

Below is a statement from MAG CEO Darren Cormack, responding to the news that UK funding for humanitarian mine action has been slashed by 80 per cent. MANCHESTER — The UK Government’s decision to reduce its funding for humanitarian mine Read More …

Authorities seize dangerous fertiliser in east Lebanon

Lebanese authorities have seized 20 tonnes of ammonium nitrate — the same chemical behind a deadly explosion last year at Beirut’s port — in the eastern Bekaa Valley, state media reported on Saturday. Ammonium nitrate is an odourless crystalline substance Read More …