70 hikers saved in Negev rescue operation

Ten treated for dehydration after getting stranded in the northern Negev; 150,000 Israelis flooded national parks Saturday.

Tova Dvorin, | updated: 22:34

Rescue helicopter (file)
Rescue helicopter (file)
Ofer Zidon/Flash90

The Arava Rescue Unit of the Israel Police's Southern District saved 70 stranded hikers Saturday, after a group of Israelis - including children, adults, and the elderly - became overly dehydrated during a trip to Nahal Peres in the northern Negev.

Medics at the scene treated five people for shock and dehydration, Walla! News reports; five were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva for further treatment by helicopter. 

The incident followed a record day for hiking in Israel.

150,000 Israelis visited national parks, beaches, and nature preserves Saturday, in the wake of a heat wave after days of winter weather.

The most popular spots: the Banias Nature Reserve, Ein Gedi, and Caesarea, Masada, Ashkelon and Beit Guvrin national parks. 


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