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  The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya urging Libyans to be aware of the danger This week another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict His two brothers who were close to him were seriously injured the UN agencies said in a statement UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life especially children from explosive remnants of war and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks the statement said UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance the statement added We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians particularly children said Michele Servadei UNICEF representative in Libya At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war said Justin Smith head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL Mine Action Programme According to the Humanitarian Response Plan 505 486 people are currently at risk from mines unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war the statement said In April 2019 a violent war between the eastern based army and the former UN backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli lasting for more than a year killing and injuring many civilians and causing great destruction in the city Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi s regime in 2011 Xinhua
UN expresses concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya

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– The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) on Wednesday expressed concern over deadly explosive remnants of war in Libya, urging Libyans to be aware of the danger.

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“This week, another child tragically lost his life when he found and played with a grenade left behind by the warring parties in the conflict. His two brothers, who were close to him, were seriously injured,” the UN agencies said in a statement. .

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“UNICEF and UNMAS are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of civilian life, especially children, from explosive remnants of war, and urge all Libyans to be aware of the risks,” the statement said.

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UNICEF and UNMAS are working with Libyan mine action partners to provide explosive ordnance risk education to people to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of mines and unexploded ordnance, the statement added.

“We call on all armed actors to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and put in place measures to protect civilians, particularly children,” said Michele Servadei, UNICEF representative in Libya.

“At least 39 people have been killed or injured this year in incidents involving explosive remnants of war,” said Justin Smith, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Mine Action Programme.

According to the Humanitarian Response Plan, 505,486 people are currently at risk from mines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war, the statement said.

In April 2019, a violent war between the eastern-based army and the former UN-backed Government of National Accord broke out in and around the capital Tripoli, lasting for more than a year, killing and injuring many civilians. and causing great destruction in the city.

Libya has been suffering from insecurity and chaos since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. ■

(Xinhua)

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