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Southern Lebanon

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of unexploded (a) cluster bombs and (b) other ordnance remaining in the region of southern Lebanon following the conflict of August 2006. (111447)

As at January 2007, a total of 838 individual cluster bomb strike locations have been identified by the UN Mine Action Co-ordination Centre south Lebanon (UNMACC) from the conflict last year. UNMACC have estimated that there may be up to 1 million unexploded cluster munitions in south Lebanon. The then UN Secretary-General reported that four de-miners were injured in November 2006 when they stepped on Israeli-manufactured anti-personnel mines in south Lebanon. The Secretary-General noted that the incident took place in an area considered safe prior to the summer 2006 conflict, which raised the possibility that the mines were laid during the conflict. We fully support the Secretary-General’s call for any party that laid such mines to provide information as to where they have been laid to prevent similar tragic incidents occurring in the future.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) children under the age of 16 and (b) others have been killed in southern Lebanon by unexploded ordnance since the conflict of August 2006. (111448)

According to the UN Mine Action Co-ordination Centre south Lebanon, the statistics for those killed and injured by unexploded ordnance in south Lebanon from 14 August 2006 to 7 January 2007 are as follows:

Injured

Killed

Total

Children (0-12)

Male

20

2

22

Female

4

0

4

Youth (13-18)

Male

37

4

41

Female

2

0

2

Adult (19+)

Male

85

13

98

Female

8

0

8

Total

156

19

175

Of these, eight deaths and 19 injuries were among those conducting the de-mining.