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229 Israelis Arrive on Flight from Quake-Ravaged Nepal

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An El Al plane carrying 229 Israelis from Nepal landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday , as rescue workers pressed on with efforts to reach Israeli tourists stranded in remote areas that were devastated by the massive earthquake that has killed at least 4,438 people:

The relieved arrivals were greeted by family members and medics on the tarmac.

“We thank everyone who took initiative and helped out — it was very difficult,” Eran Koren, who returned to the country... He said that the flight was postponed numerous times, “but in the end we knew that they would help us.”

Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Yaron Meir told Israel Radio that two helicopters were engaged in a search for over 60 Israeli hikers in the remote Langtang National Park.

Some 20 Israelis were rescued by helicopters hired by the Phoenix insurance company from a tourist site near the border with Tibet.

In all, 11 Israelis have yet to establish contact since the earthquake, down from 50 on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said...

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said that additional staff from Israeli embassies in nearby countries would be sent to Kathmandu as soon as conditions permit.

Liberman called his Nepalese counterpart, Bahadur Pandey, on Tuesday and offered his condolences. Pandey thanked Liberman for assistance and said the Nepalese people appreciated the help provided by Israel, the Foreign Ministry said.

Tags: Asia , Israel , IDF

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