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5 Israelis Soldiers Wounded by Mines

March 23, 1983
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Five Israeli soldiers were wounded when they stepped on mines buried in a dirt road leading to an abandoned house in the Shouf mountain area. Officers on the spot said they did not think the mines had been laid by terrorists to hurt Israeli soldiers, but by the house owner trying to defend his property from pillage.

The soldiers, on their way to search the abandoned house near Nabrach village in the central sector, were making their way along a dirt road when the two soldiers in the lead stepped on a mine and were wounded. A soldier following them went to their aid and stepped on another mine. A relief patrol which went to help them was making its way carefully when one soldier slipped in the mud and fell, setting off yet another mine. Another soldier was wounded by splinters. Officers said the house owner, a Christian living in Beirut for the past few months, apparently feared that Druze from the neighboring village would pillage his house and sought to keep them out, by planning the mines.

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