Israel begins to clear Qasr el Yahud baptismal site of mines (23 images)

Israel began to clear mines from the Six Day War out of a holy baptismal site of along the Jordan River in the West Bank on March 21, 2018.
Updated: March 29, 2018 at 11:51 AM
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A sapper working from the Halo Trust, checks for old mines on abandoned church property near the Qasr Al-Yahud baptism site along the Jordan River, near Jericho in the West Bank on Thursday. The Israel Defense Ministry expects to clear approximately 3,000 targets.
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Ronen Shimoni, Project Manager for Halo Trust in the West Bank, shows a map of abandoned church properties in an area full of land mines near the Qasr Al-Yahud baptism site.
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The initial survey done by Halo Trust concluded it would take two years and cost $1.15 million to make the area safe.
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Barbed wire blocks access to abandoned church properties in an area full of land mines.
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Sappers working from the Halo Trust, checks for old mines on abandoned church property. Halo Trust is one of the largest mine clearance NGOs with 8,000 staff working around the globe in fifteen countries and four territories.
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Bulldozers, operated by the Halo Trust, check for old mines.
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Barbed wire blocks access to the abandoned church.
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