Nine Teens Dead In Flash Floods In Israel's South

At Least 9 Teenagers Die in Israel Flash Floods

Israeli media reported that among those killed were eight females and one male.

Two staff members of a pre-army academy were arrested and another is under house arrest following the death of 10 students who died on a school trip during a flash flood.

Israeli rescue services personnel operate near the site where a group of Israeli youths was swept away by a flash flood, near the Zafit river bed, April 26, 2018.

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On Thursday, Israeli television stations canceled scheduled broadcasts to provide live coverage of the dramatic rescue operation, which included the use of five military helicopters and search and rescue teams from a special unit.

Nine 18-year-old hikers have been killed and one is missing after a flash flood swept them away in Nahal Tzafit, southern Israel.

Emergency services rescued 15 students, two of whom suffered minor injuries, but were unable to save the others.

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"I commend the security and rescue forces that are now working to save lives and locate the missing in the awful disaster that took place today in Tzafit", he said in a statement released on his behalf. "We began combing the area and slowly found members of the group", he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described it as a serious disaster. We also send out a Weekly K+R Update, bundling together all the K+R news of the week.

Unusually heavy rainfall has plagued the region over the past two days, causing the horrific tragedy. We're following the situation in the south closely and are sending a warm embrace to the effected families.

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President Reuven Rivlin also said the nation is praying. We will strengthen all the security and rescue forces, who are in the process of search and rescue and medical treatment.

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