70 % of unexploded ordnance and also mines are still in the rubble in Iraq, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) stated yesterday.
“The presence of unexploded ordnance and also mines in Iraq’s areas liberated from the Daesh grip is maintaining to hinder a secure and also voluntary return of the Internally Replaced Persons (IDPs),” Anadolu Agency quoted a statement by the UNMAS.
On his part, UNMAS senior program manager, Pehr Lodhammar, declared that the explosive hazards were “continuing to possess an adverse effect on afflicted communities in Iraq .”
Based on statistics by the Iraqi immigration ministry, a total of 3 .1 million Iraqis out of 5 .5 million, who were displaced from the country’s far northern and also western governorates following the June 2014 events, returned to their homes with the relaxation remaining in camps in the Kurdistan Region.
In late 2017, the Iraqi govt announced the liberation of the whole country, including Mosul, from Daash. However, the military group is believed to are actually maintaining some cells across the war-torn country