Seven Israeli Soldiers Wounded After Running Over Land Mine Near Dead Sea

The military reported that the soldiers arrived at the area to fix a fence surrounding the minefield where their vehicle hit an old M15 anti-tank mine

Soldiers being evacuated by a military helicopter from Qasr el-Yahud, February, 2018.
Soldiers being evacuated by a military helicopter from Qasr el-Yahud, February, 2018.Credit: Eyal Freeman

Seven Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded Wednesday after running over a land mine near Qasr el-Yahud, north of the Dead Sea.

Five soldiers were taken to the emergency room at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem; they are in stable condition and fully conscious.

The Israeli military said that the soldiers arrived at the area to fix a fence surrounding the minefield. During their mission, their vechicle hit an old M15 anti-tank mine covered with sand.

The commander of the Israel Defense Forces in the West Bank, Maj. Gen. Roni Numa, appointed Gen. Max Nudelman to lead an investigation into the incident.

Qasr el-Yahud is located on the banks of the Jordan River, where thousands of Catholics and Protestant pilgrims from around the world come to visit each year.

The site is also sitting in a minefield of 4,000 mines in the vicinity. All of them were laid by the Israeli army and have become obsolete in the past 50 years.

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