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IDF Rescue Effort After Dead Sea Flooding

IDF Unit 669 Search and Rescue Team (Photo: Pvt. Alexi Rosenfeld/IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

As too often happens in the area around the Dead Sea, flash flooding today took many by surprise, with deadly consequences. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports that IDF Search and Rescue teams are preparing to help after floods killed at least 18 and injured dozens more, including children aboard a Jordanian school bus:

At least 18 people, most of them children, were killed when their bus was swept away by flash floods near the Dead Sea in Jordan on Thursday, according to Jordanian emergency services.

A further 34 people were injured in the incident, the official Petra news outlet reported, citing civil defense sources...

The Israeli military joined in the search, sending several helicopters from the Israeli Air Force’s elite search-and-rescue Unit 669 across the border, the army said.

“In light of a request from the Jordanian government, a number of air force helicopters with 669 soldiers, led by the commander of the unit, were dispatched,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

“At this time, the soldiers are assisting in the search and rescue efforts for the missing and are doing all they can, despite the weather conditions, to assist the survivors in the flood area,” the army said...

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