Israel 'detonates 700 mines' along Jordan border
Published Friday 18/05/2012 (updated) 19/05/2012 22:54
Another 14,000 land mines have yet to be removed.
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detonated several hundred anti-tank landmines along the border with Jordan on Wednesday, Israeli news reports said Friday.
Israel's Ynet news site said 700 landmines were destroyed near the Hemdat settlement in the northern West Bank, after an agreement with Jordan.
After Wednesday's operation, the total number of cleared landmines is 60,000 from the site in the Jordan Valley, according to the report.
Another 14,000 have yet to be removed.
The area will be turned into agricultural land within 18 months, Ynet added.
Hundreds of thousands of landmines and other unexploded ordnance remain within and surrounding Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank, according to the American NGO Roots of Peace.
The mines put innocent civilians at risk of injury and death, the groups says, but both Israel and the Palestinian Authority have signaled their willingness to support efforts to de-mine areas in the West Bank.