Experts continue to clear landmines near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, April 24, 2013 (Ma’an) Teams of experts began the second stage of a campaign to clear Bethlehem of landmines left by the Jordanian army before 1967 on Wednesday.

Villagers are pleased with the campaign, which is an initiative by the organization Roots of Peace. The second stage of the campaign is expected to take up to 10 days.

“The process will involve giant bulldozers and modern detectors” Atai Shelach, a representative of the group said told Ma’an.

After the landmines are cleared, the land will be rehabilitated and then returned to its owners, leader of the village council, Hasan Hamamra said.

Around 2,600 people have been killed or injured by landmines in the area since 1967.

Source: Ma’an News