7 Injured Israelis Arrive from Nepal

Seven Israelis injured in Tuesday's avalanche return to Israel, will be treated at local hospitals.

Ben Ariel,

Nepal injured arrive in Israel
Nepal injured arrive in Israel
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A plane carrying seven Israelis who were injured in Tuesday's avalanche along the Thorong La mountain pass in Nepal landed at the Ben Gurion International Airport on Saturday night.

From the airport, the injured were taken by ambulance to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem and to the Tel Hashomer Hospital for treatment.

30 people have been killed and 60 people are missing after the avalanche, military and police officials said Saturday night.

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.

Concern is also rising that another Israeli tourist may have died in the disaster: Michal Gili Chierkowsky, from Givatayim. Chierkowsky'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.

Israeli Rabbi Hezki Lifshitz, who runs Nepal's Chabad Center in Kathmandu, has been updating the list of Israeli hikers and helping to make contact between them and their families in Israel.

The rabbi told Arutz Sheva on Wednesday that the number of dead Israelis is liable to rise still further.

“We know of several hikers who are still at the (disaster) site, but at this point in time it is not possible to reach them. We hope that this tragic event will end as quickly as possible and with as little loss of human life as possible," he said.