Watch: Rescue Mission in Nepal

Death toll mounting in last week's disaster; 36 Israelis still unaccounted for.

Arutz Sheva Staff, | updated: 21:52

Rescue helicopter (illustration)
Rescue helicopter (illustration)
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Thirty-nine people have been killed and sixty people are missing after Tuesday's avalanche along the Thorong La mountain pass in Nepal, military and police officials said Saturday night.

Meanwhile, 36 Israelis have yet to contact their families since the disaster, which occurred roughly 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of the capital city of Katmandu. Alarm for their safety had been raised on Friday, as a storm began approaching rescue crews. 

Concern is also rising that another Israeli tourist may have died in the disaster: Michal Cherkesky, from Givatayim. Cherkesky's family told the press Saturday night that they are "praying for a miracle," and that information regarding her fate indicates that she is trapped at 5,000 meters (approximately 16,000 feet) high along the mountain pass without communications equipment or access to rescue facilities. 

So far, at least three Israeli tourists have been confirmed dead in the disaster, including Nadav Shoham of Mitzpe Hoshaya; Agam Luria, 23, of Kibbutz Yifat; and Lt. Tamar Ariel, 25, of Masuot Yitzchak - Israel's first religious female air force navigator.

Shoham's body is due to arrive in Israel on Saturday night, and Ariel's and Luria's bodies will be transferred later in the week. 

In the meantime, Har-El insurance officials, Magen David Adom (MDA) staff, and civilian volunteers have joined rescue efforts.

Dozens of Israeli tourists who have been found are being transferred to Kathmandu for treatment, a Har-El insurance company official working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nepal confirmed to Arutz Sheva on Saturday night. 

Har-El Staff 669, which has been engaged on a special rescue mission to find stranded hikers, has released the above footage from rescue efforts over Friday and Saturday. 

The staff, which is headed by Yohai Lilior and Nadav Klipa, has rescued some 50 hikers so far. 




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