Ten students have died in S. Israel desert flood disaster

A group of 25 students were swept away by a powerful flash flood in the Tsafit wadi south of the Dead Sea. Ten of those rescued died, 9 girls and a boy – in one of the worst accidental disasters Israel has known.  The youngsters studying at the Pre-Army Academy ahead of their military service set out on Thursday, April 26, were on a trip to the scenic Judean Desert south of the Dead Sea. They had alighted from the bus to hike through the deep Nahal Tsafit wadi, when they were caught by a powerful flash flood caused by the unseasonal drenching rain, hail and thunderstorms pouring on Israel in the last 48 hours.

The trapped youngsters who tried to climb out had to fight the powerful surge of water, the slippery walls and falling boulders. The massive rescue operation was a race against time amid the continuing downpour to beat the rapidly falling dark.

Converging swiftly on the scene of the disaster after the alert were all the search and rescue units from Dimona, Beersheba, Yerucham and Beit Shemesh, their fire departments; the IDF’s elite 669 search and rescue choppers, three Yasurs and one Apache; Magen David Adom paramedics, ambulances, chopper and intensive care field unit, and volunteer scouts and divers. The police superintended the rescue and search operation.
The rash of disasters from the violent spring storms, after a dry winter, began Wednesday, when two youths and a Bedouin sheep herder were drowned in flash floods. Inundated roads disrupted road and air traffic across the country.  The turbulent weather conditions continue threatening fresh flooding in low-lying areas. Weather forecasters had repeatedly warned against travel in the desert regions of southern Israel, where sudden, swiftly rushing flash floods are a common danger, especially around the Dead Sea,

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44 thoughts on “Ten students have died in S. Israel desert flood disaster

  • Apr 26, 2018 @ 19:22 at 19:22

    God washed them back to Europe.

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 20:08 at 20:08

      Please reread the previous comment to determine if it offends your policies. The name and the sentiment seem subtlety offensive.

      • Apr 27, 2018 @ 1:35 at 1:35

        Debka has no comment policy. They’ve let the comments section degenerate into a juvenile profanity- laced high school rant. It’s really shameful.

        • Apr 27, 2018 @ 8:07 at 8:07

          Yes, it’s sad to see. Could never believe such a well renowned analytic page should be flooded with such bad language and even pure hate. Actually never seen that level even in the lowest MSM tabloid comment section.
          Hope they start to address it or at least let paying customers have our own section to discuss the articles. I’m personally open to all views as long as they are expressed in a mature and respectful way.

        • Apr 27, 2018 @ 14:46 at 14:46

          As they say, “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never harm thee”.

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 20:17 at 20:17

      u dirty arabs will die in Europe… garantied !!!

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 20:41 at 20:41

      Where your whore mother lives and focks pigs?

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 20:51 at 20:51

      So far the only one getting f****ked hard is yo mauma you lncest infested neanderthal. . . May you merit to meet your 72 hairy male camels soon!!!!

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 21:32 at 21:32

      FM: You are the reason why Israel is strong today and why Israel must remain strong into the future to counter the gratuitous hate and violence from many sources.

      People like you have helped the Jewish people realize a dream and to rise from the ashes to build and become the strongest and most focused people in the world today.

      Thanks for keeping us on our toes and for making sure we constantly remember why the military option is the only one for now – because the burning, irrational and deep-seated perversion of the enemies of the Jewish people demands complete discipline and solidarity from us.

      • Apr 27, 2018 @ 9:52 at 9:52

        @The guy formerly known as Anonymous,

        Just wanted to thank you for your post and excellent response to some of the vitriol being posted here.

        • Apr 27, 2018 @ 13:43 at 13:43

          Thank you. In responding to the antisemites. I failed to offer my sympathies to the families of the deceased. This is horrible accident and I hope that the country will lean from what looks to have been a preventable or avoidable accident – perhaps unnecessary risks were taken.

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 22:05 at 22:05

      You are a disgrace for human kind, you represent pure hate and a low self esteem animal. How come you write this shit when kids die in an accident. Should police and law enforcement identify you and make you rot in prison full of pigs.

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 22:09 at 22:09

      May God have the same thoughts towards you and your family as the care you have for these 9 lives.

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 23:34 at 23:34

      FM: We know exactly who you are and how to “wash” you back to the dirty hole from which you emerged

    • Apr 27, 2018 @ 6:00 at 6:00

      this blood thirsty comment of Fock Mossad should be removed NOW!!!

    • Apr 27, 2018 @ 15:03 at 15:03

      The Rothschilds and Freemasons, will wash you back to HELL to join your parents.

      As you well know, the Rothschilds and Freemasons control everything and get things done.

    • Apr 28, 2018 @ 15:32 at 15:32

      May you and your loved ones, all find a painful and miserable death soonest – This is my wish and prayer for you and your family – it usually happens.

  • Apr 26, 2018 @ 20:18 at 20:18

    Seems to me that some comments allowed on this site are very offensive. Mostly from the same people. It shouldn’t be very difficult to screen them out. They they take away from the seriousness of the site.

  • Apr 26, 2018 @ 21:19 at 21:19

    No innocent life lost should be celebrated on either side. May they test in peace.

  • Apr 26, 2018 @ 21:50 at 21:50

    Debka if you don’t do something about the jew haters on this site i will have to find another news source. FIX IT

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 22:51 at 22:51

      Same here – Jewish lives…

  • Apr 26, 2018 @ 22:02 at 22:02


    What is a wadi, if not a valley, ravine, or channel that is dry except in the RAINY SEASON? Is, or is not, now a rainy season? How comes an organized trip had no preparation, guiding, maps with escape rute or points. This is not Ok at all!

  • Apr 26, 2018 @ 22:03 at 22:03

    Sad news , Baruch Dayan Haemet. Rest in pesce.

    And for the irrational pig reader who made a hate comment above, I kindly ask Debka to take the proper steps to identify and punish remove this kind of ugly hater. Must be a non human, frustrated person full of hate.

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 22:46 at 22:46

      Have addressed Debka with same request several times – so far no results !

  • Apr 26, 2018 @ 22:49 at 22:49

    Surely all the low-life Jew-haters must be rejoicing now – but not, when many times more “falastynian” children are (and will be) brutalized by their own…

  • Apr 26, 2018 @ 23:10 at 23:10

    Baruch Dayan Haemet

  • Apr 26, 2018 @ 23:31 at 23:31

    This is God’s plan to punish the golden calf dancers! Beware the prophets who decry the shoesen ones will be scattered by flood and wind!!

    • Apr 26, 2018 @ 23:44 at 23:44

      PR: So what gives an a-hole like you the gift to know G-d’s plan? Instead of hiding behind G-d’s name, who you have no knowledge, with cowardice and mockery, just tell us why you fixate on Jews and not on improving and fixing your own distorted doctrine and faith? We can see why you hide – it is the insecurity you have and uncertainty with your own faith – so you use Judaism as your scapegoat and kicking post.

  • Apr 27, 2018 @ 0:26 at 0:26

    Recently God gave me a stroke because I was too soft on the shoesen ones and not acting tough like Moses to his own sons who he murdered for dancing to golden calf techno beats. It’s time we live like Jesus and destroy the temple of usury money changers before it’s too late to save the planet from the apes!!

    • Apr 27, 2018 @ 1:59 at 1:59

      PM: You sound as if you have had a very bad stoke and I would check into the hospital for a frontal lobotomy right away. In the meantime, we will keep our eyes on you to make sure you do no harm to yourself and to others.

    • Apr 27, 2018 @ 14:51 at 14:51

      Ayatoola Mamzer, your Nakba is already locked and loaded.

  • Apr 27, 2018 @ 0:39 at 0:39

    I think Debka should refrain to publish news available in other sites. This site is watched by a lot of antisemites and they rejoice at our pain. Besides it contradict your subtitle

  • Apr 27, 2018 @ 1:02 at 1:02

    Jesus / God was a Semitic man possessed with a Semitic god from Ur. Pat does believe the Semite left handed ones are more like indigenous semites not immigrating from European concentration camps.

    • Apr 27, 2018 @ 11:05 at 11:05

      You got mud on yo’ face
      You big disgrace
      Wavin’ your hate all over the place

  • Apr 27, 2018 @ 1:25 at 1:25

    Reporting fresh news from Tehran, or at least what it should have happened, 1LE informs:

    Today, in a very short clip on IRIB TV5 News, President Rouhani has said : “It is with profound sadness that we receive the news of the catastrophe that has hit Israel. All differends aside, our prayers, thoughts and hearts are with the families touched by this disaster.”

  • Apr 27, 2018 @ 10:15 at 10:15

    “It’s time we live like Jesus———–”

    @Pat Robertson,

    Does that mean you will observe Shabbat from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, pray in a Synagogue, observe all of the Jewish holidays and observe all of the kosher dietary laws——-just like Jesus did?

    • Apr 27, 2018 @ 19:32 at 19:32

      Jesus was too poor to Not be kosher.

  • Apr 27, 2018 @ 10:40 at 10:40

    My deepest prayers go out to all the families and loved ones…horrible and very very sad news… Israel forever…God said so

  • Apr 27, 2018 @ 10:58 at 10:58

    Let me be one of a very few people so far in this thread to say RIP for these young folk. I’m sure a robust investigation will follow so this doesn’t happen again.

  • Apr 27, 2018 @ 14:18 at 14:18

    I think people connect israel with the evil elites that control the fucked up world, most of them jewish like the Rothchilds ect, but infact the nations citizens have no relationship with them so the antisemitism is misdirected.

    • Apr 27, 2018 @ 14:57 at 14:57


      The Mossad/MI5/CIA/US Navy Seals already have you on their radar.

      Don’t make plans for this weekend.

  • Apr 27, 2018 @ 18:48 at 18:48

    The let the fools anti semites on here to upload worms into their PCs to track IP chill

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