Clearing unexploded ordnance in Gaza could take 14 years — a global problem

Père Rodinmar, a senior official at the United Nations Mine Action Agency (UNMAS), said the war had left behind an estimated 37 million tonnes of debris.

He said it was impossible to determine the exact amount of unexploded ordnance in the enclave, where the once densely populated and residential area was reduced to rubble after nearly seven months of heavy Israeli shelling. He said that.

A veteran UN demining expert told reporters in Geneva that there is about 200 kilograms of debris per square meter in the conflict-affected Gaza Strip.

“All I can say is that At least 10 percent of the ammunition fired may fail.…with 100 trucks I’m talking about 14 years of work on 100 trucksThis means that it would take approximately 750,000 working days, or one person’s working day, to remove the debris, and 14 years. ”

Request to Hamas to release hostages

The development comes as leaders of 18 countries, including the United States, called on Thursday for the release of all remaining hostages captured in a Hamas-led terror attack in southern Israel that killed about 1,250 people.

Israel reportedly believes that More than 130 hostages are still being held Gaza Strip after the attack that triggered Israeli shelling on October 7th. More than 34,350 Palestinians killed, more than 77,360 injuredAccording to the enclave’s health authorities.

The threat of hunger remains

Meanwhile, UN humanitarian agencies have repeatedly warned of impending famine in the northern Gaza Strip and renewed their urgent appeal for more aid to be brought into the enclave.

Israel promised three weeks ago to improve aid access through the Erez crossing just north of Gaza and the Ashdod cargo port further north. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) stated: Aid increased slightly, but not in sufficient quantity or variety.

We are still heading towards starvation, but we have not yet seen the necessary paradigm shift “Averting starvation requires continued efforts to deliver greater quantities, more predictability and more diversity of aid to the North,” said Karl Skow. United Nations WFP Deputy Executive Director.

Amid reports of continued Israeli offensives into eastern Rafah, Skau said a ground invasion of the enclave’s southernmost city risks disrupting already inadequate aid distribution. He emphasized that there continues to be deep concern.

And turning to efforts to establish maritime corridors for humanitarian aid, WFP officials argued that there is “no land alternative” for supplies to Gaza.

Fleet appeal

In this regard, human rights experts appealed to Israel for safe passage of a convoy carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The “Freedom Flotilla” is scheduled to depart from Turkiye with 5,500 tons of aid supplies.He was on his way to the besieged Gaza Strip with several hundred international humanitarian observers.

“As the Freedom Flotilla approaches Palestinian waters off the coast of Gaza, Israel must comply with international law, including the recent order from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to ensure unhindered access to humanitarian aid,” said experts including Michael Fakhri, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Experts say that in 2010, Israel intercepted and attacked a civilian Freedom Flotilla ship in international waters, killing 10 passengers and injuring many others.

At the time, the Freedom Fleet was trying to break the Israeli blockade by delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

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