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65% of Kurdistan's territory cleared of explosives: IKMAA

  2021-04-04  | 
 Zhyan News Network
The logo of the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA). Graphic/Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA) said on Sunday (March 4) that it has cleared 65% of the Region’s territory from explosive devices so far.

Millions of square meters have been cleared from explosive devices, particularly left behind during the eight-year-long war between Iran and Iraq, the agency said in a statement commemorating International Day for Mine Awareness.

International Day for Mine Awareness is observed annually on April 4 to spread awareness among people regarding the harmful effects of the explosive remnants of war.

In 1991 during the era of the Iraqi Baathist regime, around 770 square kilometers of the Kurdistan Region were contaminated with landmines and unexploded ordnance, which has since decreased to 270 square kilometers, a reduction of 65 percent, according to IKMAA.

IKMAA called on the international community to provide more assistance to the agency in clearing the rest of the territory from explosive to minimize civilian casualties.

It also demanded the Kurdistan Parliament to pass a law it has suggested to give equal rights to Kurdistan’s mine clearance personnel through legislation.

Over 13,000 mine explosion victims have been recorded by the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) IKMAA since the 1990s. According to IKMAA there are around 3,000 minefields in the Kurdistan Region.

(Zhyan News Network)