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Death of Saharawi worker working for Landmine Action

A Saharawi worker for Landmine Action was killed on Saturday on June 19, 2010 by an explosive remnant of war in Western Sahara.

Mr. Sidi Mohamed Mohamed Bouzaid was killed by an explosive remnants that had been left following the war between the Polisario Front and Morocco, according to a source in the Organization.

In a letter of condolence to the deceased’s family, the field Director of Landmine Action, Mr. Ahmed Sidi Ali was to report ‘the death was a result of deadly work accident.’

Mr Bouzaid joined the Landmine Action in Western Sahara in 2006, going on to become the leader of the team in charge of the disposal of explosive remnants of war.

This accident was the first of its kind since Landmine Action began its work in Western Sahara in August 2006.

Landmine Action is working, in cooperation with the MINURSO and Polisario Front, to monitor and clear  areas contaminated by mines and explosive remnants of war across the region. According to the UN Mine Action Service, Western Sahara is among the most affected territories by mines and items of unexploded ordnance in the world, including cluster munitions.