Egyptian boy killed by landmine
EL-ARISH, Egypt - A landmine explosion in northern Egypt killed a six-year-old boy and critically injured two others today, a security source said.
Abu Zeid Salama, six, was killed outright and two other boys aged five and two were hospitalised by the blast from a mine they were playing with in a scrap metal yard in the town of El-Arish, near the border with the Gaza Strip.
The mine dated from the 1973 Middle East in which Egypt sought to reconquer the Sinai peninsula it lost to Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The accident came a week after three Egyptian brothers were killed by another mine blast elsewhere in the Sinai peninsula on November 5.
Egypt is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, with millions of Egyptian and Israeli landmines in the Sinai adding to millions more laid in the Western Desert during World War II.
Von: www.thetimes.co.za, 12.11.2007