Israel Air Force Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk holding a 669 Search & Rescue crew
Israel Air Force Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk holding a 669 Search & Rescue crewFlash 90

A 60-year-old hiker fell from a cliff in Nahal Kina in the Judean Desert near Arad and was seriously injured. The injured man was rescued by the 669 Israel Defense Force's heliborne Combat Search and Rescue extraction unit, and the Arad rescue unit. He was then evacuated by helicopter to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva.

"A hiker who fell from a cliff in the Judean Desert area was evacuated to the trauma room, suffering from severe systemic damage," the Soroka hospital said. "His condition is severe and he is sedated and respirated."

The police spokesman said that the Israeli police from the Arad rescue unit located the hiker, but because of his medical condition an IDF helicopter was sent to evacuate the area.