Police has arrested two staff members at a school in Israel after 10 teenagers on a school trip died in flash floods in the south of the country.
According to Israeli media, they arrested on suspicion of death by negligence. The arrested also include the principal of the Tel Aviv-based pre-military academy.
The nine females and one male swept away on a hike in the Negev desert following torrential rain. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrows and said the country was in mourning at their loss.
“The State of Israel grieves for the promising young lives that were cut off by the grave disaster in the Arava [region]. We embrace, with pain, the grieving families, and pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded”
The disaster occurred during a hike envisioned as a bonding exercise for the students who in line for to start the Benny Tzion pre-military academy.
The dead people belong to a group of 25 people, including staff, who went on the trek in Nahal Tsafit, south of Dead Sea.
Authorities had warned to avoid the area due to the risk of flash floods following two days of heavy rain.
The police, air force and local search-and-rescue teams launched a huge operation after the alarm raised on Thursday afternoon.
The dead bodies of the 10 dead students have recovered by Thursday night who all aged between 17 or 18.
As investigations continued, police arrested two members of staff and put a third further under house arrest.
One of the survivors also reported that a wave at least three metres high (10 feet) hit his group and he had seen bodies floating in the water.
The father reported the unnamed student as saying: “I was holding on to one of my friends really tight. But we couldn’t cope with the massive flow of water. She slipped away from me in front of my eyes.”
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