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Nearly 70 killed or hurt by UXOs this year

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Sixty-seven people were killed or injured by mines and unexploded ordnance during the past nine months and three weeks.


The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority said that from January until October 17, there were 47 cases, 21 from landmines and 26 from UXOs. “So far this year, 11 people were killed, 43 were injured and 13 had their limbs amputated due to explosions,” it said in a report obtained yesterday. “The number of casualties increased by 34 percent from the same period last year when 50 people were killed or injured.”


The report said that this year, 47 of the casualties were men, six were women and 15 were children under 18. It noted that most of the accidents occurred when children picked up UXOs to play, people tried to recycle them, during land clearing or when victims stepped on landmines while hunting for food in unfamiliar territory.


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