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20 Israelis rescued by the flood of Negev – Israel News



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20 Israelites were rescued from the Negev by the flood.

The Israeli Air Force Sikorsky CH-53 helicopter flies during a public demonstration at a ceremony for Israeli Air Force pilots at the Hatzerim Air Force Base in southern Israel on December 27, 2017.
(Photo Credit: REUTERS / AMIR COHEN)

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On Saturday, a man was wounded in a sudden flood in Nahal Arod in the south. Five hikers have been stranded in this area when the group ignored weather warnings.

The wounded man (50 years old) was evacuated to Soroka-University Medical Center in Be'er Sheba for treatment.

Police and IDF have rescued a total of 20 people from Negeb, including other people driving along with hikers and jeeps. Police and IDF completed rescue work on Saturday night using volunteers, helicopters and night equipment.

Police repeatedly urged the public to refrain from traveling to the area.

IDF's Elite Search and Rescue Team (Unit 669) was swept away by floods last Friday and posted four hikers in Nahal Og.

"Despite the weather conditions, the four climbers were rescued by 669 fighters," the army said, and one was hospitalized.

The severe weather caused more damage to Jordan when at least 12 people were killed and dozens were missing. Authorities said more than 3,700 tourists were evacuated from the ancient city of Petra on Friday.

Tourists took to a safe area before the floods of floods, and part of the area famous for the sculptured rock ruins of the mountain city was flooded, government spokesman Jumana Ghunaimat said.

Authorities declared an emergency in Aqaba as the afternoon began to rain.

Civilian agents have searched five people who were swept away by the floods in the Madaba area, southwest of the capital, Petra said.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry investigated reports of three Israelis missing in Wadi Rum, southern Jordan, and found them safe and well.

Anna Ahronheim, Jerusalem Post staff and Reuters contributed to this report.

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