SUEZ, Egypt: Suez security forces unearthed seven bombs dating back to World War II on Tuesday. The bombs were uncovered next to buildings under construction in Faysal neighborhood on the Suez-Cairo desert road, Youm7 reported.
According to Youm7, Kahlil Harb, the Suez security director, received a report from Faysal Police Station that a citizen saw strange metallic objects close to buildings under construction.
Harb said a security force was immediately sent to the location and discovered that the objects were unexploded ordnance dating back to World War II.
The military was informed of the incident and proceeded to transport the bombs to a military zone, according to Youm7.
This is not the first such incident in Egypt.
On Feb.26 Al-Shorouq newspaper reported that a citizen found 100 artillery shells dating back to World War II 32 kilometers East of Marsa Matrouh.
According to Al-Shorouq, Matrouh Security Director Al-Anany Hammouda received a report that a citizen found strange objects lying around. Explosive inspectors moved to the location and identified the unexploded shells.
Unexploded ordnance in Egypt pose a significant danger.
According to the Foreign Ministry’s official website, Egypt has been unable to exploit some of its natural resources because of unexploded mines dating back to World War II. It said such mines have been responsible for the deaths of 696 persons and the injury of 7, 617 others.
There are 22.7 million mines in Egypt, since World War II, that make up 20 percent of unexploded mines around the world. Around 17.2 million mines are located in El Alamein in the Western Desert, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Egypt’s military cleared 3 million mines, uncovered in the Western Desert, at a cost of $27 million since 1981, according to the ministry.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Kamal.