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Israeli youth leaders arrested for negligence after floods kill 10 hiking teenagers

30 April, 2018, 12:12 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • 7 teens dead several missing in flash floods

Foreign diplomats from across the globe on Friday took to Twitter to express condolences over the deaths of 10 Israeli teenagers, who died Thursday in a flash flood in the Tzafit River in the Judean Desert.

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

Tel Aviv: Nine Israeli youths were announced dead on Thursday evening after they were swept away in a flash flood in the Negev Desert in southern Israel, the police said.

The hike the students were on was meant to be a "bonding trip" for them, according to officials.

Magen David Adom CEO Eli Bin told an Israeli radio station that the rescue teams are "racing against the clock to save lives".

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The teens were all enrolled in a prestigious post-high school, pre-military academy that prepares young Israelis for army service and responsible citizenship. Army helicopters, the diving unit of the fire services and police have been dispatched to locate the missing teen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying: "All of Israel laments in the awful tragedy that cut short the lives of ten young, wonderful people who had such promising futures".

President Reuven Rivlin also said the nation is praying.

The usually dry areas of North Africa and the Middle East have been hit by intermittent heavy rainfall in recent days. "We will keep going until we find them all", she said earlier, when several of the students were being treated as missing. "We embrace the families with grief and pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded". The main question being asked was why the group had chose to continue with the hike in an area known for flash floods.

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