Landmines in Israel and the region have been a problem since the 1950s and 1960s, when more than 1.5 million land mines have been laid in a combined area of over 202 million square meters in the Golan Heights, the Arava Valley and along the Jordan River. This includes more than 300,000 land mines contaminating around 20 million square meters of agricultural and residential land in the West Bank with UXO further making sites inaccessible.
In April 2014, HALO Trust began with the clearance of so-called Jordanian minefields that had been laid by the Jordanian military in 1948–1967 in the West Bank. The project is grounded in coordination between the Palestinian Mine Action Centre (PMAC) and the Israeli National Mine Action Authority (INMAA).
What we do
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Since mid-March 2016, ITF has been implementing Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) on demining works in the West Bank with the support of the U.S. Department of State. The goal of the project and its activities is to certify accordance of clearance operations with IMAS and NMAS, and confirm that the formerly mined land no longer threatens the lives of local population.