The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has confirmed its commitment to support stabilization and humanitarian activities through mitigation of explosive hazards in Mosul, Iraq with a contribution of 500,000 Euros to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
The battle with Da’esh in Mosul drove much of the population to leave their homes to become internally displaced persons (IDPs). Of the 54 residential neighbourhoods in West Mosul, 15 are heavily damaged and 23 are moderately damaged following the fighting in Mosul.
This is affecting the return of over half a million civilians. One of the main concerns for people returning to Mosul, now and in the future, is the extensive presence of explosive hazards such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance (UXO).
UNMAS teams have already conducted initial assessment missions to Western Mosul, and confirmed significant damage to infrastructure such as water and electric plants and sewage systems. Western Mosul represents one of the largest and most complex stabilization challenges the United Nations has faced.
Identification and removal of explosive hazards is the first step before stabilization initiatives or humanitarian interventions can take place and is a crucial enabling factor for any stabilization activities in Iraq. Until areas have been assessed, it is not safe for people to return.
UNMAS has been supporting humanitarian access in East Mosul since August 2016 and in West Mosul already since February 2017, carrying out assessments, survey, and clearance operations.
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