Landmines were laid in the West Bank by both the Jordanian and Israeli armies in a number of phases.
The 1947 partitioning of Palestine resulted in the West Bank being controlled by Jordanian forces. War broke out between Israel and the neighboring Arab states in 1948 but ground fighting in the West Bank was limited, and a few areas only appear to have been mined in an attempt to inhibit Israeli incursions. However, the build-up to the Six-Day War of 1967 resulted in considerably more minelaying by the Jordanian Army to defend against Israeli counter attacks.
Following Israeli’s capture of the West Bank in 1967 the Israeli Army laid mines in the Jordan Valley to protect its new frontier with Jordan.
In all phases of minelaying both anti-personnel (AP) and anti-tank (AT) mines were used.