Two Lebanese Civilians Killed by Mines Left Over From Israel
Two civilians were blown to pieces and another was severely injured Sunday when they drove over a mine left over from Israel's 22-year occupation of south Lebanon, police here said.
The three young men were driving on their farmland between the towns of Jbaa and Jezzin when the mine went off, said the police, who did not specify the type of mine.
Residents were only recently allowed to return to the northern end of Israel's former occupied zone, which the Israeli army had laced with mines.
The latest deaths bring to at least 11 the number of civilians who have been killed by mines since Israel withdrew from Lebanon in May. Another 53 people have been injured, according to a tally kept by AFP.
A dozen Lebanese soldiers have also been injured during demining.
The United Nations estimates that Israel left behind at least 130,000 mines in south Lebanon.
Israel provided maps on the location of mines, but the UN has complained that they are vague and do not include the northern edge of the former Israeli zone.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon has two demining units, one from Poland, the other from Ukraine -- SIDON (AFP)
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