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Old land mine detonates in Hebron during roadwork

Nov. 22, 2016 3:06 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 22, 2016 3:06 P.M.)
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An explosive device detonated in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron while a bulldozer belonging to the Hebron municipality was working on a road in the city, witnesses told Ma'an. 

Witnesses said that they saw engineers of the Palestinian police searching the area near the Ein Sara road. 

Police sources told Ma'an that the explosive device was an old landmine.

According to Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, the West Bank used to be littered with landmines, used during Israel’s illegal takeover of the area from Jordan in 1967.

The PA’s Palestinian Mine Action Center launched a project in 2014 to clear all landmines in the occupied West Bank, which, as of February, had removed at least 210 mines from the Bethlehem-area town of Husan and Nabi Elias in Qalqiliya.

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