Lebanon is a country that suffers greatly from mines and UXO as well as IEDs.
They received $2-million worth of bomb disposal equipment from the United States. Equipment has included:
- robots for investigating suspicious objects
- suits for explosives experts
- water cannons for deactivating IEDs
- high-tech X-ray equipment
- communications devices
- other electronic tools/equipment for explosives experts
The equipment has been provided to help the International Security Forces, in particular, tackle the threat of IEDs used by Islamist militants.
Lebanon has also received such donations from other actors such as Switzerland and the United Nations. Funds, equipment and training have often been provided to tackle landmines and UXO left behind from conflicts, such as with Israel, but the equipment and training has left the bomb disposal experts in a good position to tackle IEDs as well.
The bomb disposal teams are often called to investigate incidents and suspicious objects. They are experienced at carrying out safe detonations. After they have safely detonated the explosives they will take the materials back to base for further investigation.
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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