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UNMEE MACC weekly update: 26 Feb 2007



The MACC Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team deployed to Tserona and destroyed 5 unexploded ordnance items and 4 AT mines reported by the MACC Regional Office in the area. The team con- ducted UXO assessment and identified two UXO's in Gergera and Hadish Adi Villages. The EOD Team Leader and Technician reviewed the second part of the theoretical aspect of explosive ordnance disposal techniques in the field.

The Integrated Demining Capacity (IDC) Teams fo-cused on the clearance of the minefield in Egri Mekel in Tsorena area in the Sector Center. The Route Clearance Team (RCT) deployed to Shiraro in Sector West, within the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) and conducted road clearance operations. The teams cleared 71.8 kms of road and an area of 126,807 square meters during this deployment.

The Medical Training Assistant conducted a refresher course on basic life support to 3 national paramedics and a medical briefing to 2 MECHEM Medics. The Medic will prepare refresher First Aid training for Sector West staff to take place in the near future.

On 8 February 2007, the Regional Liaison Officer (RLO) reported that a civilian bus carrying more than 40 passengers hit an anti-tank mine near Geza Irab, Sector West. This incident caused the death of one civilian, severe injury to eight persons and minor injury to other seven passengers. A MACC investiga-tion team conducted an investigation into the mine incident and reported it to MACC HQ in Asmara.

The MACC Quality Assurance (QA) personnel de-ployed to the minefields of Egri Mekel, Sector Center and carried out an inspection of the MECHEM IDC op-erating in the area. The QA will conduct inspections of MRE activities, scheduled to take place in the near future.

The MACC Regional Liaison Officer for Sector Center operating south of the TSZ, carried out discussions with the local authorities and the UNMEE personnel deployed in the area. These discussions focused on future mine action activities proposed to take place in the area.

The Kenyan Demining company deployed to Tserona and Shilalo in order to conduct minefield clearance.

In Sector Center, the MACC operational field staff compiled a Preliminary Investigation Report (PIR) of an UXO incident that occurred on 25 January 2007 near Egri-Mekel. The team also reported the location of one TM 57 Anti Tank mine in Misrar village and 2 PMN Anti Personnel mine in the Tsorena town.