Norwegian People's Aid clears cluster bombs after clash in Cambodia
The Thai military used cluster bombs during the four day clash with Cambodia. Due to efficient Battle Area Clearance, the inhabitants of two Cambodian villages can feel safe again.
The use of cluster munitions (155 mm Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions) was confirmed by the Thai ambassador to the UN in Geneva.
In the beginning of April NPA conducted a rapid assessment of the contaminated areas together with representatives from Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) and one representative from Land mine and Cluster Munitions Monitor. The findings were discouraging. The areas were heavily contaminated by unexploded M42/M46 and M85 SD sub-munitions fired from Thailand. In addition, 12 CBU (Cluster Bomb Unit) strike sites were identified, and some of them were very close to villages.
NPA was requested by CMAC to provide technical support and assist in survey, training and Battle Area Clearance. One of our employees in Lebanon, Amir Mosanovic, has conducted a two days training course for six NPA/CMAC teams on basic ammunition recognition/knowledge and deployment.
The clearance started on 2nd of May, and at present we can show the following results:
- 111 813 sqm cleared in Sen Chey village. Five M46 sub munitions found. 19 439 sqm surveyed and found free of unexploded munitions.
- 186 552 sqm cleared in Thormcheat village. One M42 sub munitions found. 259 301 sqm surveyed and found free of unexploded munitions.