Hiker loses foot after stepping on mine in Jordan Valley

Man moderately injured in Moshav Yardena while investigating abandoned building

A hiker was moderately injured Wednesday afternoon after he trod on a mine inside an abandoned building in the Jordan Valley.

The man, in his mid- 30s, stepped on the landmine while walking through an abandoned building in Moshav Yardena, south of the Sea of Galilee.

According to Channel 2, the man’s foot was severed in the blast.

According to the Ynet news portal, the man was with a group of hikers from Mitzpe Aviv and was looking around inside a former community center when the explosion went off.

The injured man was airlifted to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for treatment, and police and sappers from Beit She’an were investigating the scene

There are several hundred thousand mines planted in the Jordan Valley, part of the country’s former defenses against Jordan, according to the Haaretz newspaper. The IDF removes thousands each year.

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