Publish Date : 20.12.2018

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is a mine?

Stands for explosives, flare mines and chemical munitions placed into a case for the purpose of neutralize the personnel and sea, land and air vehicles by destroying and damaging them.


What is the Anti- Personnel Land Mine (A/P) ?

Anti-Personnel land mines mean a mine designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person and they will incapacitate, injure or kill one or more persons.  


What is the Anti-Tank Mine (A/T) ?

Anti-Tank mines mean a mine designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a tank or other vehicles and they will incapacitate and destroy.


What is an unexploded ordnance (UXO)?

Refers to processed, fuzed-unfuzed, set or unset, prepaired to use or used ordnance which have failed to function.


What is a mine action?

Mine action refers to process of land mine and/or unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance and other activities regarding to perform this activity.


What is humanitarian land mine and/or unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance action?

Refers to all activities intended to open contaminated areas to use of community by prioritising to life safety of third parties and personnels without time and cost pressures.


When were the mine fields form in Turkey?

Mine fields were formed between 1955-1996 years in Turkey.


Why does Turkey has mine fields?

Turkey’s mine fields were formed for the purpose of Cold War defence strategy, fighting against smuggling and terror and border security.  


Where are mine fields in Turkey?

We have mine fields in our east and south borders and in some interior regions.


How many are there mine fields in our country?

There are approximately 3800 fields where were accepted as land mine.


How many total Anti- Personnal (A/P) and Anti- Tank land mines (A/T)  are there as buried in Turkey?

There are approximately 939 thousand land mines in Turkey. Most part of them are anti-personnal land mines.


How many square meters mine fields are there in Turkey?

Approximately 172 millions square meters lands are accepted as mine fields in Turkey.


To which institution must land mine victims make an application?

Mine victims must make a written application by reporting their victimization to administrative chiefs which they are consisting in, they will be reached with investigating their situation by related ministries.   


How many mine victims are there who are identified in the last 10 years?

There are 193 citizens who are mine victims whose of 153 are injured and 40 are identified as dead.


By which law and minister, is it assisted to land mine victims?

There are not special assisting program and regulations which constituted by laws but they are assisted by means of The Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services in scope of “The Law of Social Cooperation and Solidarity Encouragement” numbered 3294 as long as they meet the conditions.