ERBIL — The Kurdistan Mine Action Agency has cleared a total of 156,615 square meters of land mines, explosive ordnances and war remnants in the past three months, according to an official statement.
The agency said on Wednesday that during simultaneous operations in different areas of the Kurdistan Region within the past three months, 2,796 land mines and unexploded hazardous ordnances were safely removed and destroyed.
According to surveys, 776 square kilometers of Kurdistan Region territories, mainly in the areas along the Iranian border, were contaminated with land mines. The Mine Action Agency has designated more than 3,500 land plots as “mine fields”.
Over the past few decades, the agency has recorded 13,521 explosions in these areas which killed or injured civilians, the statement added.
BasNews reported in April that more than 255 square kilometers of the Kurdistan Region’s territories are yet to be cleaned from landmines and war remnants.
The border areas of the Kurdistan Region witnessed deadliest confrontations during the eight years of Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). As the result of which, then Iraqi government carpeted the border regions with landmines to prevent Iranian army’s advances, but they continue to take lives 34 years since the end of the war.