Girl, 12, rescued from minefield in southern Israel
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Girl, 12, rescued from minefield in southern Israel

No injuries in incident near border with Jordan

Illustrative photo of a minefield in northern Israel (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a minefield in northern Israel (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

An IDF search and rescue team on Saturday rescued a 12 year-old-girl who entered an area suspected of being a minefield in southern Israel, officials said.

The incident occurred near the village of Ein Tamar close to Israel’s border with Jordan. There were no injuries.

Israel’s border areas remain littered with minefields, particularly the Golan Heights. Even though most are clearly marked, hikers still frequently wonder in.

The IDF conducts operations several times a year in order to move the unexploded mines to strategic areas, far away from populated areas and hiking trails.

Between the Golan Heights in the north and the Arava desert in the south, Israel has defused some 2,200 land mines in the last 20 years, according to the IDF website.

In 2010, two children were injured when they accidentally detonated a mine while hiking near Mount Hermon.

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