United Nations Mine Action Service

Unexploded ordnance will hamper humanitarian relief and reconstruction in Lebanon

Unexploded ordnance from recent armed conflict in Lebanon will pose a direct threat to communities and internally displaced persons, hamper humanitarian relief, impede the movement of peacekeeping forces, and hinder the already difficult task of reconstructing houses and essential infrastructure in the area, according to Max Gaylard, Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Since 2002, nearly 59,000 landmines and more than 4,600 items of unexploded ordnance have been cleared from southern¬†Lebanon