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Agencies begin clearing unexploded weapons in Libya

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7339 (Published 11 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7339
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Weapons and unexploded ordnance pose a serious risk to civilians in Libya, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned, as it begins clearance operations in the towns of Sirte and Bani Walid.

Although fighting has ceased in most parts of Libya civilians continue to be injured or killed by explosive devices. And there have been several casualties in Sirte, including an 8 year old girl who lost her arm while playing with an explosive device.

The ICRC is working in partnership with the Libyan government and other agencies and began a public information campaign in the cities earlier this …

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