The HALO Trust, a British organization that clears minefields, will remove mines from the 136-acre Qaser al-Yahud site in the West Bank where Jesus is believed to have been baptized.
Seven churches on the site have been inaccessible since the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel mined the area to fend off attacks from Jordan. Both Israeli and Palestinian authorities granted HALO access, along with the seven churches that have neglected structures among the mines, according to a press release.
For years, buses of tourists have simply driven by the site. Once the minefield is declared safe, visitors should have access to the orthodox Coptic, Ethiopian, Greek, Romanian, Syrian and Russian churches, the Catholic church and a plot of land that belongs to the Armenian Orthodox church.
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