Demining Baptismal site completed, says PMAC

The Palestinian Mine Action Center (PMAC) announced today completion of phase one of clearing the Baptismal site, known as al-Maghtas, on the West Bank side of the River Jordan of landmines.

It said in a statement that demining al-Maghtas was done in cooperation with the Higher Presidential Committee for Church Affairs and in partnership with the international HALO Trust, a British humanitarian landmine removal organization.

The first phase in demining al-Maghtas included the clearance from mines of 136 dunums of land adjacent to al-Maghtas, which is an important religious area for Christian communities in Palestine and the world, and which includes eight churches and attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world.

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