Flash floods killed ten Israeli teenagers who were hiking south of the Dead Sea on Thursday. Nine of their bodies were found in the course of the afternoon and evening, and the tenth was discovered hours later. The 10 were in a group of 25 students on a hike organized by Tel Aviv’s Bnei Tzion pre-military academy. They were due to start the program in the coming year, and the hike was intended as a pre-program bonding excursion. Two students were lightly to moderately injured, and the other 13 in the group were located and rescued unharmed.
Israel has suspended a plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants after failing to find a third country willing to accept them. On Tuesday, the government told the country’s Supreme Court that it will stop issuing expulsion orders to Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers, and that all orders already served will be rescinded. “Forcibly deporting to a third country is not an option at this stage,” the state said in a filing with the court. “(N)o more deportation decisions will be made at this time." The asylum seekers will have to renew their visas every 60 days as they did before the deportation plan. More >