Death toll in Dead Sea flooding rises to 10, victims' names released

Rescue forces have located the last missing youth at the scene of Thursday's flash flood near the Dead Sea. The funerals for the 10 young victims are scheduled to be held later today.
The 10 Israeli youths killed in the flooding Photo credit: Hadas Porush, Flash 90/Victims' families

The death toll in Thursday's flooding near the Dead Sea has risen to 10, as rescue forces on Friday morning located the body of the last missing person.

The victims were all Israeli high school students who had joined a hiking trip organized by the Bnei Zion pre-army academy in Tel Aviv. Two of the academy's staff members have been arrested. A third one has been placed on house arrest.

These are the victims: Ella Or from Ma'ale Adumim, Yael Sadan from Jerusalem, Maayan Barhum from Jerusalem, Romi Cohen from Moshav Maor, Tzur Alfi from Mazkeret Batya, Shani Shamir from Shoham, Gali Balali from Givatayim, Agam Levi from Moshav Herut, Adi Ra'anan from Mikhmoret and Ilan Bar Shalom from Rishon LeZion.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has offered his condolences to the families of the victims, two of whom lived in the city.

The scene of the flooding Photo credit: MDA

Police said on Thursday they had issued several warnings urging the public not to visit the Dead Sea area due to the heavy rain forecast.



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