Hikers killed in Dead Sea flash floods

30 April, 2018, 12:11 | Author: Angel Logan
  • A military helicopter searches for missing students near the Dead Sea southern Israel

Flash floods in southern Israel led to the death of ten teenagers, who were on a school trip in the area.

The trip was not under the auspices of the Education Ministry or the Defense Ministry, The Times of Israel reported.

Local media reports stated that the two staff members, including the principal of the Tel Aviv-based pre-military academy, have been detained on suspicion of death by negligence.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the incident as a "terrible disaster".

A survivor who witnessed a almost 10-foot wave sweep his friends away told local media, "I saw bodies floating in the water".

"These students were really the highest quality of our society", Glick told reporters. "I was holding on to one of my friends really tight ... but we couldn't cope with the massive flow of water".

A Palestinian teenage girl drowned in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, medics said.

But, as one commentator on Army Radio noted Sunday morning, the tragedy has also caused many Israelis to rethink this attitude of invincibility that such programs seek to instill in young Israelis prior to their military service. The one who wrote "We will die, I am serious", died.

Earlier, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 25 students in a pre-army course were "caught off guard" and some were "washed away" Thursday by heavy rains as they were hiking in the area.

On Wednesday, the floods also claimed the lives of two children from Israel's Bedouin community.

The Hebrew-language Ha'aretz newspaper reported that the group went hiking in the wadi despite a statement issued by Nature and Parks Authority, warning floods are expected in the region.

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