Lighting candles in memory of those who perished
Lighting candles in memory of those who perished Kobi Richter/TPS

Attorneys Nati Simhoni and Assaf Klein, the defense counsel of the director of the Bnei Tzion pre-military academy, Yuval Kahan, said on Sunday that he was devastated by the terrible tragedy in which ten of his students were killed and was cooperating with the investigators.

"Yuval is devasted and his heart is torn because of the terrible tragedy and the loss of the lives of the girls and the boy, his students and those who would study at the preparatory program," the lawyers said.

"Yuval is cooperating fully with the investigation authorities out of a desire that the enforcement authorities will thoroughly examine the matter and arrive at the truth," the defense attorneys added.

Ten teenagers from Bnei Tzion were killed last Thursday when they were struck by a flash flood while hiking in the Negev. Kahan and two other staff members were arrested following the tragedy.

Former Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron said that from his acquaintance with Yuval Kahan, he believed that Kahan would take full responsibility for the tragedy. "I am a friend of the head of the preparatory program, Yuval Kahan, who is an amazing person, and from my acquaintance with him, there is no chance in the world that he will not take responsibility and / or disrupt investigative procedures," Piron told Radio 103FM.