ACAP III substantially completed its immediate assistance response to the victims of the explosion on the 31st of May in Kabul which reportedly killed 150 and injured approximately 400. A total of 486 families were provided with food and non-food packages. The provision of ACAP III short-term services are continuing.
ACAP III field teams assessed 241 conflict related incidents, associated with 149 killed and 332 injured victims, throughout the country during July.
Naqoura, 18 May 2017 - Ambassador Inigo Lambertini, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Italian Mission to the United Nations, led a delegation of mine action donors to Lebanon from May 15 to 17, 2017. The mission was an initiative of the Mine Action Support Group (MASG), a coalition of Member State donors committed to raising funds and awareness for mine action activities where they are needed most. Italy serves as the current Chair of the MASG. "Italy remains fully engaged in pursuing the objective of a mine free world and in preserving stability in this part of the world.
The Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, Ambassador Takeshi Okubo, and the Programme Manager of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Palestine Programme, marked the completion of the Japan funded project to clear and remove explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Gaza. The event, held in Gaza City included ERW risk education demonstrations, as well as a photography display showcasing the completed DBB activities.
Baghdad, 8 August 2017 – Ninety six Iraqi police officers have successfully completed the first responder community police training course aimed to enable them to deliver risk education to local communities and provide immediate response, if an explosive hazard is suspected or identified within their community. The training was conducted by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and with funding provided by the Government of Japan.
7 August 2017: “The city of Fallujah is slowly getting back to normal day by day and there is hope,” said Pehr Lodhammar, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Iraq Senior Programme Manager. Over a year ago, on 26 June 2016, Fallujah was retaken from Da’esh. Booby-traps and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) where left behind causing victims among the returning civilians. Through survey, clearance and explosive hazard awareness campaigns, UNMAS supported stabilization and reconstruction efforts to enable the population to return to their homes safely.