05/06/2008 Almost half of the areas in southern
Clearing Cluster Bombs in Lebanon
"Forty three percent of the areas affected by the cluster bombs dropped during the July 2006 war have been cleared", UN Mine Action Coordination Centre for
"Efforts are currently underway to clean 49 percent of the contaminated areas," she said, adding that work has yet to begin in eight percent of the affected areas.
She said 970 contaminated sites had been found in an area spanning 39 million square meters (420 million square feet).
Since the war's end in August 2006, cluster bombs have caused "256 civilian casualties between deaths and injuries," according to Farran. She added that there have also been 51 casualties from the Lebanese army and international forces in the area.
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