Israel to clear mines from over 15 acres to expand West Bank settlement

The Defense Ministry has started clearing mines from land adjacent to the Karnei Shomron Regional Council in order to significantly expand the community, The Jerusalem Post learned on Monday.

The mine removal was started at the beginning of November and will take an estimated two months to complete. More than 2,200 mines are expected to be discovered in the work area that covers some 80 dunams, or about 20 acres. The mine clearance work will be carried out by 4MDefense, which won the tender from the Defense Ministry.

Once the area has been cleared, it will allow for approximately 1,200 homes to be built in the Ramat Gilad neighborhood, greatly expanding Karnei Shomron, in the northwestern West Bank, which is home to about 35,000 people.

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Source: The Jerusalem Post