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An Israeli woman who was raped by British troops in 1948 was recognized as a disabled war veteran.

With that status, she becomes eligible for state grants.

The woman was a 14-year-old volunteer for the Jewish militia Lehi when she was caught, tortured and raped by British soldiers.

According to a report Tuesday on Israel Radio, she kept her ordeal a secret until 1993, when she disclosed it to her daughter while watching a television program on rape.

A 15-year campaign followed to have the Defense Ministry recognize the woman, whose name was not published, as a disabled war veteran.

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