Egypt to demine WWII desert and beaches for development purposes

By Incorrect Author 9 December 2009

Egypt is to clear millions of World War Two mines in a $250 million demining project, to prepare a beach and desert area for tourism, energy and agriculture investments worth $10 billion. The opposing armies of the Second World War left behind a huge number of landmines and other dangerous ordnance near El Alamein, the site of a famous battle. The mined area lies along Egypt's Mediterranean coast, stretching towards the Libyan border. Most of Egypt’s 80 million people are crammed into a strip of land along the Nile valley and its fertile Delta. Now the government wants to develop other areas, such as the popular beach resorts on the Mediterranean. Officials plan to clear all mines in an area of about 248,000 hectares of coastline and desert hinterland within five or six years. Read more: Reuters, Demining Research


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