Two hurt testing captured Hezbollah rocket


Two Israeli soldiers were injured while testing a captured Hezbollah anti-tank rocket.

Monday’s accident took place at a secret facility in Rishon Letzion. Two military technicians tried to test-fire a portable armor-piercing rocket that was among the booty from the 2006 offensive against Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

The rocket went off unexpectedly while the soldiers were nearby, seriously injuring both, security sources said.

Hezbollah rocket crews destroyed or disabled dozens of Israeli tanks during the Second Lebanon War, an attrition rate not experienced by the armored corps in almost a quarter of a century. Israel has since been upgrading its tanks with anti-rocket systems and enhanced armor.


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