Colombian gov’t dispatches delegation to Israel seeking IDF expertise in landmine discovery and removal methods, after more than 11,000 Colombians have been killed by mines since 1991.
JTA – A Colombian delegation arrived in Israel to receive training on how to clear land mines.
Anti-personnel mine – Naftali Bennett
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Colombia sought the expertise of the Israeli Defense Ministry’s National Mine Action Authority on clearing its soil of the deadly devices. The delegation arrived Friday.
The South American nation recently signed a historic peace pact with the FARC terrorist organization ending five years of conflict.
More people have been killed recently by land mines in Colombia than in any other country.
Once HALO Trust, a humanitarian organization, has cleared the landmines, the land & churches along the western bank of the Jordan River can be visited once more in safety.
By Lilach Shoval
Qasr al-Yahud, a site just north of the Dead Sea near Jericho, where many Christians believe Jesus was baptized, will be cleared of landmines and other ordnance, a half-century after Israel took control of the area during the 1967 Six-Day War.
Qasr al-Yahud is located just north of the Dead Sea – Photo: Ministry of Defense
The Defense Ministry will carry out the clearing operation together with the HALO Trust, which describes itself as “the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organization.” Continue Reading »