Nine teenagers dead, one missing in southern Israel flash flood

Nine teenagers dead, one missing in southern Israel flash floodAt least nine teenage seminary students died after they were swept away by a flash flood in the Negev Desert in southern Israel on Thursday, an ambulance service said. Military helicopters and search and rescue units scoured the Zafit river bed that flows into the rift valley at the southern end of the Dead Sea after a flash flood caught a party of 25 trekkers in the usually bone-dry area by surprise. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the event as a “terrible disaster” and praised rescuers for their efforts.



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