A group of 17 individuals, including 14 children, lost their lives due to incidents involving explosive devices in Libya last year, according to a UN Mine Action Service report.

The report, released on Sunday, documented 193 incidents resulting from explosive devices over the past three years, resulting in the deaths of 147 individuals and injuring 243 others.

It also noted the "clearance of approximately 1.4 million square meters of affected areas, including schools, power stations, and residential areas in Tripoli."

Last Tuesday, 11 individuals, mostly children, sustained injuries when unexploded ordnance detonated in the residential area of Asharb in Ubari. The incident occurred after the children discovered the ordnance while playing and attempted to move it from its original location.

Incidents of war remnants explosions have recently recurred, especially in Sirte and south of Tripoli, where at least 130 people have died south of Tripoli alone since 2022, according to Human Rights Watch.

The number of casualties in Libya reached 298 deaths by 2022, according to statistics from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Twelve Libyan organizations had warned of the danger of these remnants on the lives of citizens, while the National Safety Authority confirmed that some areas have more than 100 tons of war remnants, including south of Tripoli, Jebel Nafusa, Tarhuna, and Bani Walid.

Furthermore, estimates from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya reveal that over 15 square kilometres of land in Libya are contaminated with remnants of war, which confirms that the country harbours the largest stockpile of uncontrolled weapons in the world.

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