Israeli dead in Chile; circumstances unclear

Foreign Ministry is in touch with family and embassy in Santiago is seeing to returning 22-year-old's body to Israel.

Cynthia Blank ,


A 22-year-old Israeli tourist passed away late Saturday night while traveling in Chile in South America. 

The Foreign Ministry received news of the young woman's sudden death overnight; the circumstances of her death are unclear. 

She died in Puerto Natales, a city of approximately 18 thousand people in the southernmost region of Chile near the border with Argentina. 

According to Walla! News, the town is a major destination for organizing treks to the Torres del Paine National Park, a site popular among Israeli tourists. 

The Foreign Ministry said it is touch with the, as yet, unnamed woman's family as well as an insurance agency

The Israeli embassy in Santiago is in contact with the local hospital where the woman was evacuated about returning her body to Israel.