An IDF officer in her 20’s lost a foot after a landmine exploded during routine work operations in the northern Golan Heights on Wednesday.
The officer was reported in moderate-to-serious condition after evacuation by helicopter to Rambam Hospital in Haifa. Although doctors said her life was not in danger, amputation of a foot was necessary.
Army sources said that it appeared to be an accident involving a mine that was laid in the Nahal Sa’ar area. However, the explosion did not occur in a minefield, and it was not known how the mine came to be where it was. As many as 100,000 landmines left over from the 1950s and 1960s are still to be found in the Golan Heights.
The Knesset passed the Minefield Clearance Act in 2011 to set up an authority that began clearing mines in 2012.