Libya destroys over 200 tons of war remnants

Source: Xinhua| 2018-02-02 15:13:22|Editor: Jiaxin
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TRIPOLI, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Libya destroyed more than 200 tons of remnants of war with the support of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the UN Support Mission said later on Thursday.

"At the end of January 2018, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) completed phase one of its initiative to destroy Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) which have been endangering the lives of Misratan communities, and of the wider Libyan population," the Mission said.

"More than 200 tonnes of ERW were successfully eliminated with the support of the governments of Denmark and South Korea, generous contributors to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action," the Mission added.

In cooperation with the Danish Demining Group (DDG), UNMAS provided training to 20 of the Libyan Mine Action Center's personnel who destroyed 203 tons of war remnants, the Mission said.

"The next step is phase two of the initiative, which aims to destroy at least 200 more tons of ERW. Phase two is kindly supported by the government of France."

Years of armed conflict in Libya left large amounts of unexploded ordnance, which killed and injured many soldiers and civilians.