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Mosul one year on: clearing the deadly legacy of hidden explosives

One year after Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul was retaken from ISIS by the Iraqi government, thousands of improvised explosive devices, unexploded aerial bombs and complex booby-traps litter the city, waiting to be triggered by the slightest movement.

The UN says most are buried under an estimated eight million tons of destroyed buildings. A huge amount of explosive remnants are also scattered in Mosul’s surrounding fields and villages. United Nations experts believe it will take decades to clear the former battleground from explosive hazards.

Through its humanitarian aid partners, the EU is working to clear the destroyed city of its deadly legacy, as well as to provide victims of explosive weapons with prosthetics and physical rehabilitation.

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