Iraq: Bombs

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 4th December 2020.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the amount of unexploded ordnance that remains in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK works closely with the Government of Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government and international partners on the removal of exploded ordnance in Iraq, including in Mosul. This includes close collaboration and continuous assessment of the level of unexploded ordnance. The UK funds UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) demining efforts in Iraq and is the third largest donor, having provided over £24.75 million since 2015. This funding provides Explosive Hazard Management (EHM) response in support of humanitarian and stabilisation efforts, delivers risk education at the community level and national/regional level, and enhances Government entities' capacity to manage, regulate and coordinate an EHM response through training and mentoring programmes.

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