Israeli tourist injured in Nepal jeep accident dies

Israeli tourist injured in Nepal jeep accident dies

Woman succumbs to wounds on way to hospital after vehicle overturns in Annapurna mountain range

A group of trekkers in the Annapurna mountains, Nepal. (CC BY-SA Gweltaz, Flickr)
A group of trekkers in the Annapurna mountains, Nepal. (CC BY-SA Gweltaz, Flickr)

An Israeli tourist injured in a jeep accident in Nepal died overnight Sunday as she was being transferred to a hospital for treatment, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Monday morning.

Vered Aviyashar, 26, was one of nine Israelis injured after a jeep overturned while traveling in the Annapurna mountain range in central Nepal.

She suffered a head injury, while the other eight had wounds described as “light.”

The group, which was aided by the Israeli Magnus rescue organization and a local Chabad chaplain, had been airlifted to a hospital in Kathmandu, Hebrew media reported.

The Foreign Ministry said it was making arrangements for the woman’s body to be returned to Israel for burial.

Aviyashar was from Kibbutz Ein Hanatziv in the Beit She’an valley. According to Facebook, she had been living in Jerusalem.

Photos from the scene showed the vehicle overturned after apparently falling into a gorge and flipping over several times.

The Israeli ambassador was on his way to the hospital to visit the other Israelis, the ministry said.

The Annapurna range is a popular hiking spot for Israelis and other international tourists. In 2014, three Israelis were killed in an avalanche there, along with 13 other trekkers.

In separate incident Monday, an Israeli woman suffered a serious injury after falling from a horse while on vacation in the country of Georgia. Doctors were planning on moving her to Israel for trauma treatment, according to Israel’s Channel 2 news.

Two weeks ago, the body of a 22-year-old Israeli woman traveler who disappeared in Kyrgyzstan was found, after six days of searching. The Israeli Clal Insurance rescue team located Hila Livne’s body in a gorge in the area where she had been hiking. According to reports in Kyrgyzstan, Livne had fallen from a cliff in the Sari-Chalak nature reserve and was killed.

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