On 23 July 2014, in response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza and the discovery of weapons and explosives caches on UN premises, the United Nations Secretary-General directed the UN Mine Action Service to immediately deploy in Gaza.
To mitigate the risks posed by uncleared ERWs, UNMAS has to date provided training to 30,608 UN staff, humanitarian workers, IDPs, engineers, construction workers and other at-risk populations to identify and safely respond to ERW contamination. Over 60,819 ERW alert flyers and booklets have been distributed to the civilian population living and working in contaminated areas.
UNMAS continues to monitor the ERW demolition processes and has ensured the safe destruction of over 2,953 items of ERWs, including aircraft bombs.
UNMAS is also working with the UNDP Rubble Removal project providing on-site ERW training sessions, quality assurance, risk assessments and technical advice on explosive ordinance disposal (EOD).
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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