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20 Israelis rescued from the floods at Negev – Israel News



20 Israelites rescued from flooding in Negev

An Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 Israeli Airplane flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli pilots at the Hatzerim Air Base in southern Israel, December 27, 2017.
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A man was slightly injured by the floods in Nahal Arod in the south on Saturday, as a group of five hikers fell into the area when they were unaware of the weather warnings.

The wounded, 50, was evacuated at the Soroka-University Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment.

Police and IDF rescued a total of 20 people in Negev, including hikers and other jeep drivers. Police and IDF completed rescue operations on Saturday night with the help of volunteers, helicopters and night vision equipment.

The police repeatedly called on the public to stay away from the trip to the area.

On Friday, IDF's Rescue and Research Unit 669 was developed to find four hikers in Nahal Og, who were removed after being discharged from the flooded waters.

"Despite the adverse weather conditions, the four hikers were rescued by 669 fighters," the army said, adding that someone had been hospitalized for minor injuries.

Hard weather also hit Jordan, causing much more damage, with at least 12 people killed and dozens killed. The authorities launched more than 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra on Friday, officials said.

Visitors were transferred to safe areas before the floods flooded parts of the mountain town that is famous for its engraved stone ruins, said government spokesman Tzuana Guinea.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in Aqaba south, as sinks began in the afternoon.

Civil defense defenders searched for five people whose cars were flooded in Madaba, southwest of the capital, said the state-run Petra.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has examined the reports that three Israelis were missing in Wadi Rum, South Jordan, and found them safe and well.

Anna Ahronham, the Jerusalem Staff and Reuters contributed to this report.

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