US State Department: Increased contamination in Libya is linked to war

The US State Department published a report on mine risks around the world stating that the full extent of contamination with landmines and explosive remnants of war in Libya is unknown because of the February 2011 revolution, and the war that lasted for years in the country.

The report indicated that the proliferation of small arms and light weapons is outside the framework of the law as it fuels conflict in Libya and the region.

The report confirmed the US government’s endeavor, with allies, international organizations and implementing partners to mitigate the threat of conventional weapons that inhibits development, hinders the delivery of humanitarian aid and threatens the security of returning displaced persons.

The report also suggested that the renewed fighting in western Libya, which began in April 2019, has led to significant new contamination in and around Tripoli, although no comprehensive survey has been conducted.

The report stated that Libya is also contaminated with improvised explosive devices in areas previously occupied by “ISIS”, especially Sirte.


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