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3 Israelis Killed in Mine Blast

Three Israelis were killed and one moderately injured last Friday when their jeep ran over and detonated a land mine in the Sinai.

The victims were all relatives or friends of the Nimrodi family, known for its ownership of the Israeli daily Ma’ariv and other business enterprises.

A group of 13 Israelis had flown down to Sharm el-Sheik, where they rented four jeeps for a desert outing in the dunes of the Sinai.

Shortly after leaving the main road, one of the jeeps drove over an old land mine and detonated it.

The dead were identified as Ruth Weissberg-Nimrodi, 35; Zvi Shayevitch, 47; and Ariella Korman, 38.

Korman’s husband, Yohanan Korman, was injured in the explosion.

The charge, apparently from a minefield laid by the Egyptians before the 1967 SixDay War, had apparently been washed into the popular jeep route during flooding.

Mines strewn by both Egyptian and Israeli forces remain in the area. Popular jeep routes skirt the mapped fields.

Military experts have said unexploded mines from earlier conflicts represents one of the greatest threats to civilian populations around the world.

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