Location: Kyriat Ono, Israel
The Israeli National Mine Action Authority (INMAA) was established in 2011. They are in charge of coordinating mine clearing projects inside Israel. The INMAA contract commercial companies to conduct clearance and quality assurance. The contractors used in 2014 were: Eitan Lidor Projects and the Israeli Mine Action Group (IMAG). These contracted clearance operations took place alongside those of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), who conduct their own demining, unregulated by the INMAA.
Israel does not use non-technical or technical survey for land release, instead it is always released through clearance – low-risk areas will see at least one clearance. Between 2011 and 2014, INMAA cleared and released over 5.1km2 of land. Israel are said to have well over 100km2 of land to clear, so at the rate they work, clearance will take a long time especially as the Israel have also laid new mines in strategic areas, such as near the Syrian border. The annual mine budget is said to be almost $8million, though there are often delays in receiving the funds, which often sees work delayed.
They also operate a ‘minefield information bank’ that is accessible to the public, where they can query demining plans and programmes. They will continue to manage projects in the West Bank, funded by governments of the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.
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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