Iraq –268 mine fragments to be cleared near the Iraq/Iran border

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Garmian – Iraq  24\12\2020

The Directorate General of Mines, in the Garmian governorate, in Kurdistan, has confirmed clearing mines remnants, mortar shells, and artillery bombs in a field near the Iraqi/Iranian borders. Alaeddin Najm al-Din, an official in the Mines Directorate, stated that 268 pieces of mines laid since the Iraqi/Iranian war 8 years ago, near Qurtu district, in Khanaqin district, were cleared. He noted that the Iraqi/Iranian borders are contaminated with mines and explosive devices remnants. The United Nations has rated Iraq as the world’s first mine contamination country, with an area of 2.96 billion square meters, which are between the Iraqi-Iranian borders.

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