Destruction of 200 tonnes of Explosive Remnants of War in Misrata, LibyaIn only a few months’ time, Danish Demining Group (DDG), under a contract with UNMAS, - managed to destroy 203 tonnes of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) at the Central Demolition Site (CDS) in Krareem, Misrata in Libya.
Explosive remnants of war are a great risk to civilians and the destruction of the ERW in Libya was to decrease the risk of casualties in connection to ERW. The conflict that sparked in 2011 left an extensive amount of landmines and ERW, on top of the already existing ERW, mines and cluster munition remnants dating back to the Second World War. Since 2013 the clearance activities had to be put on hold due to the deterioration of the security situation in the country. “This is a very important step. We expect that the threat to the local population and also the risk of potential rebel or terrorist groups using the remaining explosives for attacks will be reduced,” says Bekim Kusari from DDG.
Starting from September 2017, DDG trained 20 national staff in Battle Area Clearance (BAC) to conduct the demolition of 200 tonnes of ERW. In addition, DDG conducted several refresher trainings in September, October and November 2017 on recognition of ERW to further enhance the team’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) knowledge. All staff also received Basic Life Support (BLS). DDG visited the Ammunition Storage Area (ASA) several times, where items were prioritized and transported to the CDS in Krareem to proceed with the demolitions. By January 25th, 2018 203 tonnes of ERW were successfully destroyed.
DDG first started working in Libya in August 2011 with the implementation of emergency Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) operations and Mine Risk Education programmes in Sirte. Since starting operations to implement Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction projects in Sabha in southwestern Libya in August 2012, DDG has maintained a permanent presence in the country. Additionally, since 2014 DDG has been able to maintain and expand its presence in the South of the country by investing in high level national staff and developing strong links with the region’s tribal, political, and security actors.