Egypt's new desert battle

Authorities struggle to de-mine battlefield used during World War II.



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

    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.

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

    Al Jazeera's Ayman Moyheldin reports.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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