UK Announces £5m Extra Funding To Help Clear Explosives In Iraq
The £5 million funding will support projects to clear explosives from key areas such as schools.
An additional £5 million will be given to the United Nations to help clear Islamic State (IS) explosives in Iraq, the Department for International Development (DFID) has announced.
The finding will be given to the United Nations Mine Action Service, in addition to the £24.9 million the UK has already contributed to demining projects in Iraq since 2015.
The new cash injection will support UK-funded demining projects to clear explosives from key areas such as schools, hospitals and roads.
DFID spokesman James Purcell told Forces News: "The UK is fortunate enough to be home to some of the largest landmine clearance NGOs in the world and their expertise is helping to clear these very risky, very dangerous items from the land and return it to public use.
The area is also historically home to a large Yazidi population who have been displaced in their thousands since the start of the conflict.
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: "Daesh's sickening use of explosive traps continues to threaten children in their schools, mothers in hospitals and thousands of innocent people trying to return to a normal life.
"Thanks to this UK aid funded work, people can return to work, children can go back to school and lives are slowly being rebuilt.
"The UK is a world leader in demining. I believe the UK public supports this work and can very clearly see its impact in changing and saving lives."
UK aid-funded explosive teams have cleared key sites in the country, such as a school in Fallujah which was rigged with 13 live improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The school was attended by 450 children.
The British-built New Bridge, the only connection between Fallujah and Baghdad, was successfully demined of 44 IEDs and 400kg of explosives.