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Group: 17-year-old dies after stepping on Jordan Valley landmine

June 21, 2014 6:55 A.M. (Updated: June 23, 2014 9:45 A.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- A 17-year-old boy died on Saturday after stepping on a landmine in the northern Jordan Valley, a local activist group said.

Sakher Dorgham Zaamel Abu al-Hasan was tending sheep in the area of al-Maleh when a mine exploded, critically injuring him, member of the Save the Jordan Valley campaign Bassam Muslimani told Ma'an.

The Israeli army subsequently took the youth to a nearby military base and later contacted Abu al-Hasan's family to inform them of his death, Muslimani added.

Family members, who live in tents nearby, are waiting to receive the boy's body.

An Israeli military spokesman said that a Palestinian family on Saturday approached an army post in the Jordan valley seeking medical assistance for a wounded teenager.

The spokesman said the teen was provided with initial medical treatment and "later died of his wounds."

Israeli police are investigating the circumstances of the boy's death, the spokesman said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he was not immediately familiar with the incident.
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