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Family involved in fatal Georgia car crash flown back to Israel

Mother undergoes operation, father and two kids in light and moderate states; bodies of 2 children killed will arrive in coming days

A view of the Tusheti region in Georgia, file (CC-BY SA Alex Maisuradze/Wikipedia)
A view of the Tusheti region in Georgia, file (CC-BY SA Alex Maisuradze/Wikipedia)

Four members of an Israeli family who were injured in a fatal car crash in Georgia Tuesday were flown to Israel on Wednesday, officials said. They were taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem.

The mother was in serious condition and underwent an operation. The father suffered light injuries. Their two children were in moderate and light condition.

Two of the couple’s children were killed in the crash. Their bodies will be flown home in the coming days.

The family’s car had plunged into a gorge in the remote mountainous Tusheti region in the northeast of part of the country. Officials have said a storm and heavy fog that hit the area at the time may have been the cause of the accident. The Israeli Foreign Ministry dispatched diplomats to the site of the accident to provide assistance.

Reports identified the victims as the Grinfeld family from the settlement of Ma’ale Mikhmas in the central West Bank. The two children who were killed were identified as Ahinoam and Nevo. Ahinoam was in 5th grade, and Nevo was in kindergarten.

Georgia, which sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia in the Caucuses, has become an increasingly popular tourist destination for Israelis in recent years, drawn by the hiking and its spectacular mountain scenery.

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