The SPTBATT has been in place since 1982. It operates as an integral part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO); an eleven-nation peacekeeping force – unaffiliated with the UN or other organisation – located in the heart of the Sinai desert, just west of the Israeli-Egyptian international border.
The sole purpose of the SPTBATT is to monitor compliance with the Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel.
One of the 6 units operated by the SPTBATT is the EOD Detachment.
Their mission is to provide explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) support to the Multinational Force and Observers.
As part of this work, the EOD detachment provides training to the MFO particularly in safety and identification of threats – training the members of the MFO to recognise hazardous ordinance.
A significant part of their work is in the field, ensuring IEDs found are rendered safe or disposed of.
Alongside this work they update maps with current hazard locations to ensure the safety of all MFO personnel and verify temporary observation posts.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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