Soldiers Rescue Teenager Stranded in Golan Minefield


IDF soldiers help rescue a boy from a minefield in the Golan, Tuesday night. (IDF Spokesman)

IDF soldiers rescued a 17-year-old boy who entered a minefield in the Golan Heights on Tuesday night. Rescue workers, along with soldiers from an engineering division, worked for four hours to get the boy out.

The minefield is near Kibbutz Meitzar, which is located near the borders of Israel, Syria and Jordan. It wasn’t clear how the teen managed to enter it.

The Israel National Mine Action Authority is responsible for demining operations around Israel. In July, it finished clearing minefields in the Jordan Valley and turned over 1,700 dunams (420 acres) of land for agriculture, tourism and industry.

Demining the Golan is more complicated because many of the minefields were placed by Syria before the Six Day War. Erosion can cause mines to shift locations.

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