- Clearance and verification of 212,374 m² and 1,211 m3 of land using a toolbox approach, including visual clearance, electronic detectors, mine detection dogs and mechanical processing. This tally includes Battle Area Clearance of areas in South Lebanon affected primarily by cluster submunitions, as well as Mine Clearance in the village of Qantara in South Lebanon.
- Removal and destruction of 432 hazardous Remnants of Conflict - 424 sub-munitions and 8 items of unexploded ordnance.
BATTLE AREA CLEARANCE AND EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL
The continued focus of clearance for this month has moved towards clearance of agricultural and pastoral areas for the recovery of livelihoods.
MAG worked in the following areas and achieved the following outputs from 1st September to 30st September 2008:
- Area 6: 16 Battle Area Clearance teams continue to operate. They worked in 11 villages: Yohmor, Arnoun, Zawtar East, Zrarieh, Aadchit, Jibchit, Kfar Tibnit, Sejoud, Arab Salem, Kfar Sir, and Habbouche. These teams have used visual and electronic methods of clearance, clearing an area of 208,190 square metres. 432 Remnants of Conflict were found and destroyed.
All teams are contributing to the social and economic recovery and development of South Lebanon through the safe, efficient, and effective clearance of Remnants of Conflict.
The mine clearance, mechanical, and mine dog detection teams worked in the village of Qantara in South Lebanon during the month of August. 4,184 square metres were cleared or verified this month by the mine clearance and mine dog detection teams, while an additional 1,211 cubic metres was processed by the mechanical team.
COMMUNITY LIAISON (CL)
All Contact Officers have continued to undertake community liaison activities at the pre-clearance, clearance, and post-clearance stages.
There were 134 activities during the month, including 14 data collection activities, 51 liaison activities (including 4 site handovers), 2 UXO reports, and 64 other activities that support clearance work by providing control point locations and storage areas, securing land owner's approval for using their house/fields for clearance activities, liaison with local authorities, and emphasizing public safety messages to communities undergoing clearance.