Hiker from Palestinian city found dead in West Bank
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Hiker from Palestinian city found dead in West Bank

Nablus resident’s remains discovered in Qana River; human bones also found in a cave in Darga River during search

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Police and volunteer rescue workers during searches for a missing hiker from the West Bank city of Nablus, March 30, 2019. (Israel Police)
Police and volunteer rescue workers during searches for a missing hiker from the West Bank city of Nablus, March 30, 2019. (Israel Police)

A Palestinian hiker was found dead Sunday by rescue teams, a day after he went missing, police said.

The body of the man, from the Palestinian city of Nablus, was discovered on the side of a mountain along the Qana River in the northwest region of the West Bank.

A medical team pronounced the man dead at the scene.

His family were informed of his death, the statement said. The hiker was not identified.

Dozens of rescue unit volunteers participated in searches for the man, which began the previous day and were conducted in difficult stormy conditions, with the assistance of a helicopter and a drone, police said.

On Saturday, during sweeps for the missing hiker, rescue teams also found human bones in a cave along the Darga River. Police forensic teams arrived to gather evidence, and the bones were transferred to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute for identification.

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