When the United Nations Mine Action Service was asked to assess the need for a mine-action presence in the Gaza Strip following Operation Cast Lead, a 23-day conflict involving the Israeli Defence Forces and Palestinian militias in 2008, it was thrust into one of the world’s most complicated humanitarian operating environments. This article provides a background for the mine-action program in Gaza, summarizing the key challenges and lessons learned during the first four months of operations in this complex environment.
"The Rapid Response to Operation Cast Lead,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 13
, Article 11.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol13/iss3/11