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900,000 hectares of mine-infested lands cleared

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA – Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said here Tuesday that 900,000 hectares of lands infested with mines have been identified or cleared.

Najjar told reporters on the sidelines of his visit to the lands cleared of mines that the operations were successfully launched in the areas per a government approval in the course of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tour of the province.

He said that based on the approval, about 1,028,000 hectares of such lands should be cleared of mines left from the 1980-88 Iraqi-imposed war.

He added that 427,000 hectares of the lands lie in western Ilam povince, 400,000 hectares in southwestern Khuzestan province, and 69,000 hectares in provinces of Kermanshah, West Azarbaijan and Kurdestan.

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