Libya Clears 12 Tons of Mines Near Capital


The Department of Military Engineering of the General Staff of the Libya Army announced that it had removed 12 tons of mines, booby-traps, and remnants of war, detonating them in the Bir Al-Ghanam area.

In a statement on Saturday, it said that these explosives were collected from several areas south of Tripoli.

Notably, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) announced that it has managed to remove or destroy 13,000 explosive items from Libya during 2021.

It noted that it has completed surveys of 500 square kilometers, in partnership with the Libyan Center for Mine Action and Remnants of War. It tweeted that it has provided awareness activities to 47,000 beneficiaries.

UNMAS is a service within the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations that specializes in coordinating and implementing activities to reduce the threat posed by mines, explosive remnants of war, and other explosive devices.

Earlier this month, the Explosives Bureau team at the Libyan Police’s Technical Affairs Department cleared anti-personnel mines from a farm in the Ain Zara area of Tripoli.

The Ministry of Interior said in a statement that the team combed the farm, as they believed that mines had been planted extensively on the land.

This came after a report was received that three people had been killed on the farm, which has become known as the “death farm, according to the statement.

In March 2021, UNICEF said that estimates indicate that there are more than 500,000 people at risk in Libya due to remnants of war. This includes 63,000 displaced people, 123,000 returnees, 145,000 residents, and 175,000 migrants.