Twenty-five students from a pre-IDF academy were hit by the flood Thursday while they were hiking in Nahal Tzafit in the Judean Desert west of Yom Hamelech.
Search and rescue teams, aided by helicopter units, converged on the area, locating 24 of the students. The 669 Search and Rescue unit of the Israeli Air Force was deployed to assist the efforts to locate the missing students. Diving teams were also deployed to aid in the search.
One female student remains missing, and there has been no visual contact with her since the flash flood hit.
Nine students were killed in the flood, including eight girls and one boy. Several other students were injured. All of the victims were 18 years old.
ZAKA volunteer Yaakov Yifrah described the organization’s efforts to retrieve the bodies of the students killed in the tragic flood.
“This is a very difficult scene, with a number of dead students. ZAKA teams and rescue units are in the valley, helping in the search and recovery efforts. Another ZAKA team is at the entrance to the valley, to take care of the bodies. The ZAKA volunteers are ready and prepared to continue the search, rescue and recovery mission into the night.”
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