Cluster bombs removed in Nis (Serbia)


NIS -- A clean-up operation of cluster bombs left over from the 1999 NATO attack is under way at the Nis airport.


(08.08.2008)

NIS -- A clean-up operation of cluster bombs left over from the 1999 NATO attack is under way at the Nis airport.

Russia's state demining agency Emerkom experts are engaged to complete the removal of the deadly ordnance.

They will continue with the clean-up in the areas of Kraljevo, Sjenica, Mt. Kopaonik and Kursumlija, financed by the funds set aside by the Russian Federation government.

Although several years ago Konstantin Veliki airport immediate perimeter was cleaned of 80 cluster and 16 large bombs, nine years after the NATO attack on Serbia, not all the cluster bombs dropped by the alliance's planes have been safely removed.

Now, with plans to expand the airport, the removal of the deadly bombs from the wider area has become a priority.

The last cluster bomb victim in Nis was killed in 2000, when a man died of his wounds sustained after accidentally activating one in the Duvaniste neighborhood.

In the past couple of years, cluster bombs had been found by accident among other locations on the roof of a clinic in Nis, in an elementary school yard, and several months ago in the yard of a mosque in the city center.

This area of Nis was attacked with a large number of cluster bombs. The effects are still visible on the houses and fences.

The clean-up operation is set to last for four months, but none of the locations has a visible warning about the danger of unexploded cluster bombs.

Von: 06.08.08, www.b92.net

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