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Over 2,000 Unexploded Ordnance Recovered from Cambodian School Campus

The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) has successfully retrieved more than 2,000 pieces of war-era unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the Queen Kosamak High School in Kratie province, according to CMAC’s director-general Heng Ratana.

The operation took place over a three-day period from August 11 to 13. The cleared UXO included 2,033 M79 grenades, 63 DK75 rounds, 18 Fuze M48 shells, one H107 bullet, and one B40 bullet. Ratana stated that there might still be more unexploded munitions within the area.

The school will be temporarily closed for a few more days to facilitate a thorough clearance operation. Cambodia remains heavily affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERWs), with millions of such devices left over from decades of internal conflicts and external military activities. The government aims to clear all landmines and unexploded artillery by 2025.