Teens Trapped in Arava Flood, Awaiting Rescue


A group of teenagers hiking in southern Israel was stranded by floodwaters on Wednesday, but reported to be safely awaiting a rescue unit. They were not in any immediate danger, according to Arutz Sheva.

The 16 youths, all around 18 years old, were at a branch of the Tzalmon River in the Arava region while six emergency teams in all-terrain vehicles were on the way to them.

Rain was expected to taper off, facilitating the rescue effort, though a helicopter rescue was still a possibility.

The weather was stormy on Wednesday, with hail seen in parts of Yerushalayim, Rosh Pina and the Arava.

On its way to the Tzalmon, the rescue unit came upon another group of 15 hikers, and they were brought to safety in the all-terrain vehicles.