Lebanese Farmer killed by Israeli land mine in south Lebanon


BEIRUT, Lebanon: A land mine explosion in southern Lebanon on Thursday killed a Lebanese farmer and wounded a Syrian laborer working with him, security officials said.


(12.06.2008)

BEIRUT, Lebanon: A land mine explosion in southern Lebanon on Thursday killed a Lebanese farmer and wounded a Syrian laborer working with him, security officials said.
The mine, planted by Israel in the July 2006 war, went off as the 35-year-old Hisham Ghosein was plowing his field with a tractor in his home village of Qantara, the officials said.
The blast killed Ghosein instantly and also destroyed the tractor, officials added. The village is about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Palestinian border.
Dalya Farran, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Mine Action Coordination Center, told The Associated Press that more than 30 people have died in cluster bombs or land mine blasts in Lebanon after the 2006 war.
Also, Farran said, 13 de-mining experts from the Lebanese army, the U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon and private mine action teams have also died in similar explosions since the 2006 war.
The United Nations and human rights groups say Israel dropped about 4 million cluster bomblets during the 34-day war. U.N. land mine experts say that up to 1 million of these devices failed to explode and now endanger civilians in the area.

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