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Land mine cleanup

Despite daily news of the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one sign of progress is the removal of land mines near the traditional site of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River.

The Israeli government spent $2.9 million on the site, located in a closed military area on the West Bank near Jericho, to remove land mines the country placed there in the 1970s to deter Jordanian incursions.

Future improvements include more shaded areas, a larger parking lot and accessibility to the river for those with disabilities.


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