“Could take 14 years to clear rubble, debris in Gaza,” says United Nations

Palestine

Published: 2024-04-26 16:19

Last Updated: 2024-06-18 22:27


Palestinian explosives expert lays out unexploded ordnance in Khan Yunis, Gaza. (June 5, 2021) (Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP)
Palestinian explosives expert lays out unexploded ordnance in Khan Yunis, Gaza. (June 5, 2021) (Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP)

A United Nations official said that the rubble in the Gaza Strip, including unexploded ordnance, could take up to 14 years to remove - per Reuters.

The Israeli Occupation’s aggression against the Strip left behind an estimated 37 million tons, said a senior officer at the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Pehr Lodhammar.


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The exact number of unexploded ordnance in Gaza left behind by the IOF is impossible to determine, he told reporters in Geneva, adding that it could take 14 years to clear it along with the debris “under certain conditions.”

"We know that typically there's a failure rate of at least 10 percent of land service ammunition that is being fired and fails to function," he said. "We're talking about 14 years of work with 100 trucks."

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