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7-Year-Old Girl Swept Away in West Bank Stream

A seven-year-old girl died on Friday after getting swept up in flooding in a stream near Modi’in Ilit, as stormy weather conditions persisted across the country.

The girl was found by police and volunteers after her father reported the incident, which took place amid stormy weather that has swept Israel since Tuesday.

Kobi Rozenstein, a member of the emergency rescue team told Haaretz that “in the east of the city there is a neighborhood called Heftziba, where the Modi’in stream passes through, that is meant to pass under the street. The huge quantities of water took the street apart and cut off the neighborhood. It seems that the girl when to school and was swept away to the water.”

In another accident caused by adverse weather conditions, a 96-year old woman from Sderot died on the way to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, as the ambulance that was transferring her slipped on ice on the road.

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