Mine action in Lebanon only became highlighted internationally since the withdrawal of Israeli forces in May 2000. Wars and occupation during the past 25 years have left hundreds of thousands of mines and UXO scattered throughout Lebanon, including cluster munitions. The draft national Landmine Impact Survey (LIS) indicates that as of September 2003, more than 30 percent of the national population of 3.7 million is affected, and estimates that 1.4 percent of the landmass or about 137 million square metres remains potentially contaminated by mines and/or UXO. This is a significant detriment to socio-economic development.
Massaad, George; Raad, Salim; Jammoul, Kassem; and Bowness, Chip
"The National Demining Office in Lebanon, 1998–2004,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 8
, Article 23.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol8/iss2/23