CAIRO – 8 May 2017: A motion was submitted to the parliament Monday to demand compensation for Egypt over millions of World War II mines in the Western Desert.
Proposed by Parliamentarian Mohamed Abdou, the motion argues that about 650,000 feddans of wheat in the Western Desert were destroyed as a result of some 22 million mines planted by the Axis and Allied forces.
Egypt did not take part in the war, but the Germans laid the deadly mines to stop the advancement of British troops, the motion explains.
A total of 8,313 people have been affected by the mines since 1982, including 696 deaths, according to the Foreign Ministry, in addition to many other unregistered cases and rendering arable land useless.
If not fatal, injuries have resulted in lost limbs since the Battle of Alamein in 1942. Egypt’s mines account for 20 per cent of the world’s active landmines, and Cairo fears they may be collected by extremists to carry out bombings.
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