Algeria calls on France to compensate 7,300 victims of colonial-era mines


France must compensate the victims of landmines planted by its forces during the colonial era, head of the Algerian National Human Rights Council (CNHD), Bouzid Lazhari, has said, adding that French authorities laid more than nine million mines along Algeria’s eastern and western borders, which caused permanent disabilities for 7,300 Algerians.

Lazhari’s statement came on Sunday when the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action was marked.

He said that Algeria is still paying a high price for the mines that France planted on its eastern and western borders.

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Source: Middle East Monitor