On January 18, a work crew at a construction site in Netanya discovered a British Mandate-era Mark 2 anti-tank land mine.
According to the Israeli Police, the mine, which was uncovered on the grounds of a wedding hall in Netanya, was disarmed and successfully disposed of by Israeli sappers.
The British in their World War II Middle East campaign against the Germans heavily used the Mark 2 land mine, especially during the Battle of El Alamein in Egypt. After World War II, the mine was mostly phased out in favor of the more advanced and larger Mark 5.
Mark 2 land mines were equipped with a thin brass cover that acted as a pressure plate. When enough pressure was applied to the plate, the mine would explode. Each mine had an explosive charge of 1.8 kg of TNT or Baratol, another explosive mixture.