LIBYA | SECURITY | Disposal of Explosive Remnants of War in Tripoli


On 6 May 2020, the National Safety Authority (NSA) in Libya destroyed approximately 8 tons of collected explosives. 

With the ongoing conflict in Libya continuing since April 2019 and the continuous shelling on the outskirts of Tripoli, Explosive Remnants of War (ERWs) represent a direct threat to civilian lives. It is therefore essential that impacted areas are cleared of explosives after fights in order to avoid accidents and allow internally displaced persons to safely return home.

Since July 2019, B&S Europe has been implementing the “EU Libya Expertise, Analysis and Deployment (EULEAD)” project, aiming at supporting the stabilisation process in Libya. In partnership with SAFE and IFESO, EULEAD will run until December 2020 in all regions of the country, regardless of the political division. The European Union aims at contributing to a more stable and secure Libya through strengthening its institutions and bringing immediate support in areas of urgent need.

The project EULEAD is currently supporting the National Safety Authority (NSA), in charge of civil defense missions (such as firefighting, search and rescue, explosives clearance, etc.) through capacity building, provision of equipment, and technical advice. The project focuses mainly on the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Department of the NSA. 

The NSA is tasked with the clearance of areas contaminated with explosives, and disposal of collected explosives. On 6 May 2020, with the support of EULEAD’s EOD senior expert, the NSA destroyed approximatively 8 tons of collected explosives. The expert allowed the safe handling and disposal of those ERWs by providing technical expertise to the EOD Department. 

Through its work in Tripoli and in the rest of Libya, B&S Europe will keep conducting actions to support the stabilisation process and a safer Libya for its citizens. 

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