(Haaretz) Nine hikers from a pre-army preparatory program were killed in a flash flood on Thursday in the vicinity of the Tzafit stream, near the Dead Sea in the south of the country.
The nine hikers, eight female and one male, were part of a group of about 25 who were hiking in the vicinity of the stream near the Dead Sea. One member of the group is still missing. A search party has found the body of a teenage girl of around 17 in the Dead Sea area, but authorities do not yet know whether it is the body of the missing teen. The search for the missing person, conducted by police volunteers and Israeli army rescue helicopters, stopped as night fell.