2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Palestinian Territories

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Decades of conflict that first began in 1948 contaminated the West Bank with landmines and other UXO. The Jordanian military laid landmines from 1948 to 1967 and the Israeli military laid landmines following the 1967 war. Although the extent of contamination remains unknown, the landmine and UXO threat increased steadily throughout the various conflicts and now includes at least 90 minefields, as identified in a 2012 survey of the West Bank. Today, additional UXO contamination from these past conflicts continues to be discovered in the West Bank.

From FY2011 through FY2014, the United States invested more than $3 million for the Palestinian Territories to advance peace and human security in the West Bank through efficient, neutral, and needs-focused risk education, outreach, and mine action. In FY2014, the U.S. government contributed more than $1.1 million for CWD in Palestinian Territories.

The Department of State supported the work of the following implementing partners:

• The HALO Trust to continue assisting with landmine and UXO clearance activities and promoting mine risk education and community-outreach to at-risk populations.

• United Nations Mine Action Service, through remaining FY2013 funding, to reduce the humanitarian impact of UXO and other explosive hazards in Gaza. The project includes providing emergency UXO risk education to at-risk groups and humanitarian personnel, and assistance in the searching, mapping, removing, storing, and disposal of UXO and other explosive hazards.