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HALO Trust in West Bank

Location: West Bank

Website: https://www.halotrust.org/

Type: NGO

HALO works in coordination with INMAA and PMAC to carry out clearance work in the West Bank. It began its work in April 2014 in a-Nabi Elyas, Qalqiliya District, where there was a 64,000m² minefield, close to the village. By November 2015 the land was declared fit for use again, allowing families to use the land safely.

In June HALO’s operation in the West Bank had expanded to cover a new area in Bethlehem, close to the village of Hussan. During this operation 215 mines were found and destroyed.

The work was complete by January 2016. HALO operate in the West Bank with the funding of the US Department of State (PM/WRA), the Netherlands, the British FCO and New Zealand. Equipment has been donated for the operation by Hans K. Rausing Charitable Trust and NVESD.

In May 2016, HALO launched a campaign in coordination with Israelis and Palestinians to help them provide land clearance at a large minefield at the site of the Baptism of Christ, which blocks access to sacred churches and monasteries.[i]

[i] HALO Trust, #HALO TRUST TO CLEAR MINES FROM BAPTISM SITE’, May 15 2016, https://www.halotrust.org/media-centre/news/halo-trust-to-clear-mines-from-baptism-site/

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.