By Sami Zaptia.
London, 10 June 2020:
The EU announced yesterday that it will continue supporting Libya in disposing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and booby-traps, and Explosive Remnants of Wars (ERWs) found in South Tripoli.
It said that it is deeply concerned by the IEDs and booby-traps found in South Tripoli, following the withdrawal of Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) forces. It noted that the IEDs have already caused several casualties among civilian displaced people returning home and demining teams.
The EU said that it already supports Libyan authorities in their efforts to dispose of IEDs and ERWs through technical assistance, provision of equipment and direct assistance on demining actions.
The subject was covered during Monday’s meeting between the EU Ambassador to Libya and Tripoli’s Minister of Interior. The EU said it welcomed the partnership between the National Safety Authority (NSA) and the Forensics Police under a new EOD joint team and said that through the project EULEAD, the EU will support this partnership to improve Libyan capacities to address the decontamination of ERWs and IEDs in the South of Tripoli.