Syria is contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war ( ERW ). This is mainly due to the Arab-Israeli wars; unfortunately though, the current conflict has further contaminated Syria.
Use of victim activated Improvised Explosive Devices ( IED ) has also been reported. The extent of contamination at this stage is unknown due to the lack of access. See Mine Action Review for more information. The humanitarian situation in Syria is extremely challenging and continues to deteriorate at a rapid pace.
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) is currently in the process of planning its intervention regarding humanitarian disarmament into Syria, given the very difficult security situation. The immediate plans involve risk education (RE) activities, non-technical survey (NTS) and impact Assessment (IA) activities.