The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Teenage hik­ers swept away in flash floods

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Nine teenagers have died in flash floods in Is­rael while hik­ing south of the Dead Sea.

The Is­raeli res­cue ser­vice said they were all 18 years old. Lo­cal me­dia said that eight of those killed were women and an­other hiker is still miss­ing.

Ear­lier, spokesman Micky Rosen­feld said 25 stu­dents in a pre-army course were “caught off guard” and some were “washed away” yes­ter­day by heavy rains.

The Dead Sea, the world’s low­est point at about 1,400 feet below sea level, is sur­rounded by desert and gen­er­ally arid cliffs. Rain can come rush­ing down the steep de­scents, caus­ing sud­den and vi­o­lent tor­rents in other­wise dry spots.

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