Tragedy has struck a group of pre-IDF Israeli youth in southern Israel. The Times of Israel reports that nine young people have died, while one is still missing, after being caught in torrential flooding near the Dead Sea:
Nine youths from a premilitary academy were in critical condition and one was missing after they were swept away in torrential floods Thursday during a hike in Nahal Tzafit, a riverbed in the southern Dead Sea area.
Some 13 members of the group were found and retrieved by rescuers without harm. Two were lightly hurt.
Police units, the Air Force’s elite 669 rescue team and the local Arava emergency search and rescue unit were mounting a massive search and rescue operation to find the missing youths, who all attend a premilitary, post-high school seminary from the country’s north.
Soroka Hospital in Beersheba issued a statement that some youths were en route by helicopter to the hospital...