IDF detonates 700 landmines at Jordan border (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 05.18.12, 00:00)
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Anti-tank mines cleared in controlled explosions ahead of planned
renovation of border fence, installation of multi-sensory
Some 700 anti-tank landmines were detonated along the Israel-Jordan
border on Wednesday, as part of an agreement between the two states.
The series of controlled explosions was held near the community of
Hemdat in the Jordan Valley, bringing the number of cleared landmines
to some 60,000. An additional 14,000 landmines have yet to be removed
from the area.
Troops from the IDF´s combat engineering school were also working on
clearing hundreds of thousands of anti-personnel mines, which are
scattered underneath the surface.
The operation, which began some seven years ago, and is scheduled to
be completed in the next 18 months, will see the cleared area
converted into agricultural lands.
As per the agreement, Egyptian forces were simultaneously clearing
landmines from the eastern side of the border.
The border with Jordan will soon undergo a facelift, which will
include renovation of the border fence, complete with a new signaling
system that will alert of any suspicious activity near the fence. The
renovation is estimated to cost around NIS10 million (about $2.6
The military is now awaiting final budget approval in order to issue
a tender for the project.
In addition to the renovation, the IDF has formed a plan to integrate
a Multi-Sensory System that would enable advanced surveillance
capabilities into Jordanian territory, following concerns that the
closing of the Egyptian border will see some of the smuggling routes
and terrorist activities re-routed to Hashamite Kingdom. (Copyright
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