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Israel's northern border with Lebanon

Two Israeli soldiers were wounded and their vehicle was damaged Tuesday during an explosion that took place during an engineering operation on the northern border with Lebanon.


Both of the soldiers were taken to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya at around 12 noon.

Hospital director Professor Masad Barhoum said one of the wounded soldiers had sustained moderate wounds but his condition was stable. Barhoum added the soldier was undergoing advanced medical evaluation and then would be taken to the operating room.

The second soldier was listed in good condition with mild wounds; he too was undergoing extensive tests in the emergency room, after which doctors would decide on treatment.

The IDF engineering vehicle reportedly hit a landmine near the community of Shtula when a landmine exploded, according to Ynet and the Hezbollah-affiliated Al Manar TV.

An IDF spokesperson confirmed the military was investigating the incident, but added that it was not being treated as a terrorist attack. The IDF did not, however, confirm the claim by Al Manar that the blast was due to an Israeli landmine exploding on the Israeli side of the border.

TPS contributed to this report.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.