BEIRUT: The U.K. ambassador visited a mine-clearing operation in the Chouf Wednesday, pledging to continue to support an ongoing initiative to map areas at risk in the country along with the Mines Advisory Group and the Lebanese Army.
British envoy Tom Fletcher went to the village of Deir Dourit and watched a minefield being marked and cleared. He was accompanied by MAG officials and a delegation from the Lebanese Armed Forces Mine Action Center.
“With MAG and the Lebanese Army, we are mapping where these disgraceful weapons remain,” Fletcher said, according to a press release from the British Embassy.
“We are also marking minefields, removing mines and educating people about the threat.” In 2007, the U.K. gave 2.7 million pounds to help remove 90,000 cluster bombs left by the Israeli army near homes and farm areas.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 06, 2014, on page 4.