Israel is mourning the loss of 10 young students who were caught in a severe flash flood on Thursday in Nahal Tzafit, a narrow riverbed in the southern Dead Sea region.
According to a Times of Israel story, the 10 who were killed “were in a group of 25 students on a hike organized by the Benny Tzion pre-military academy. They were due to start the program in the coming year, and the hike was intended as a pre-program bonding excursion. Nine of the teenagers’ bodies were found in the course of the afternoon and evening on Thursday, and the tenth was discovered early on Friday morning.”
Israel has been experiencing heavy and damaging rains and hail over the past three days, unusual weather for this time of year.
Please pray for the survivors’ families, friends and all who were involved.
US Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman called for prayers for Israel in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Rain in Israel is a blessing. But this week that blessing took a tragic turn. Americans are heartbroken by the loss of life resulting from this week’s flash floods. We send our condolences to the families of all the victims and pray for all those who are in mourning.
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) April 27, 2018
Ambassador Friedman is an Orthodox Jew and the son of a rabbi.
UPDATED April 30, 2018