ECOMIG destroys Gambia’s military’s stockpile of dangerous mines, RPGs

ECOMIG destroys Gambia’s military’s stockpile of dangerous mines, RPGs

Gambian authorities have started destroying dangerous explosive piled by its military to be in compliance with the Ottawa Convention in Palodi, 12 miles southeast of Farafenni.

The regional forces in Gambia have jointly with Gambia Armed Forces started destroying the country’s stockpiles of Anti-Personal Mines and RPG7s, Major Salifu Ngom, spokesperson of ECOWAS forces said.

The Anti-personnel mines are designed for use against humans as oppose to vehicles but they are often designed to injure, not kill, their victims in order to increase the logistical— mostly medical— support required by enemy forces that encounter them.

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines has sought to ban it which culminated into the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, although this treaty has not yet been accepted by a number of countries but Gambia has ratified it in 2002.

Ngom would not comment on the quantity of the mines as at now that are being destroyed but said they should not have been here since the country ratified the treaty that sought to destroy them.

The Gambia’s military has not issued any statement yet confirming their involvement in the exercise.

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