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UNMEE MACC weekly update: 12 Mar 2007

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Operational Updates

The MACC Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team has been deployed in the Northern side of the Temporary Secu-rity Zone, Tserona. The Team conducted an assessment on the UXOs in the areas surrounding Arazen, Welesho, May Agam, Ayba, Ednabastifanos and Gemae. The Team also performed UXO demolition in Egri Mekel, destroying a total of 13 UXO's and declared 4 free from explosives.

The Route Clearance Team (RCT) completed their tasks in Humera, Sector West and relocated to the Shambuko area in order to continue with the mine clearance activities. The Integrated Demining Capacity (IDC) team continue to work in the Egri Mekel minefield in Tserona, Sector Center within the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ). Both teams have cleared a total area of 121,271 sq.m and 103.4 kms of road from the period starting 23 February to 08 March inclusive. The Route Verification Team (RVT) has also commenced its operations in Dekemhare and Tserona in Sector Centre where they verified a total area of 188 km.

Two MRE Teams deployed to Sector West (Sub Zone of La-lay-Gash) and Sector Center (sub zone of Tserona), where they conducted MRE activities to 475 people affected by mines and explosive remnants of war.

The MACC Force Mine Action Center (FMAC) in Asmara conducted MRE training to FAO, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Land and Environment, Ministry of Health as well as UNFPA. The Training was conducted to raise aware-ness about the threat posed by mines and explosive rem-nants of war in Eritrea. The FMAC also conducted MRE briefings to UNMEE personnel, including 04 UNMOs, 06 military staff officers, 03 civilian staff member and 03 UNI-CEF staff members.