An elderly tourist from France fell to her death on Saturday near the cliff-hugging St. George monastery in the Judean Desert, east of Jerusalem.
The woman, 84, tumbled 30 meters into Wadi Qelt close to where the monastery, a popular attraction, is built against an overhanging cliff, the Walla news site reported.
Magen David Adom emergency responders rushed to the scene and alerted the IDF, which scrambled a rescue helicopter.
Paramedics said that due to the rugged terrain, it took them half an hour to climb down to where the woman lay unconscious, without a pulse, and with serious injuries.
MDA medics tried to resuscitate her but were forced to pronounce her dead at the scene.
The helicopter assisted in retrieving her body from the gorge.
The accident came a week after a man fell to his death while hiking in a mountainous area near Eilat in the south of the country.