Monday, August 02, 2010

Egypt's new desert battle - landmines in the Western Desert

You Tube - Al Jazeera (Ayman Moyheldin)

I've posted about this before on my Egyptian Deserts blog, linking to several other stories. This is the area where the battle of el-Alamein was fought.

Video. 3.33 minutes.

An estimated 16 million landmines and unexploded munitions from World War II continue to maim thousands of local herders in the northern town of el-Alamein in Egypt.

The landmines pose not only a humanitarian hazard, but remain a huge obstacle to the economic development of Egypt's coast which is believed to be rich in oil and gas reserves and potentially lucrative tourism destinations.

The Egyptian government says that de-mining the el-Alamein battlefields alone could cost $20 billon.

Al Jazeera's Ayman Moyheldin reports.

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