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Major Explosion in Galilee Probed

Army engineers and border police were today scouring the fields within a six-mile radius of an ammunition dump in Lower Galilee where a major explosion occured yesterday. Three women in neighboring Arab villages were slightly hurt and a dozen people were treated for shock.

The explosion occurred at an ammunition dump near the Golani crossroads halfway between Nazareth and Tiberias. The dump was used to house ammunition, including artillery shells and Katyusha rockets, captured in Lebanon and trucked back to Israel.

Engineers were today still seeking the cause of the blast which was not thought to be due to terrorist or sabotage activity. It was more likely to be the result of a smoldering cigarette butt or a fire caused by sunlight filtered through a glass splinter.