Israeli tourist killed in road accident in northern India
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Israeli tourist killed in road accident in northern India

Incident occurs in Himachal Pradesh, a favorite destination for young Israeli backpackers; Foreign Ministry working to return man's body to Israel

In this August 15, 2016, illustrative photo, a car drives along a mountain road that leads to Spiti Valley, a remote Himalayan valley situated at 4000 meter above sea level, India. (AP Photo/Thomas Cytrynowicz)
In this August 15, 2016, illustrative photo, a car drives along a mountain road that leads to Spiti Valley, a remote Himalayan valley situated at 4000 meter above sea level, India. (AP Photo/Thomas Cytrynowicz)

An Israeli man, 28, was killed in a road accident in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, a favorite destination for young Israeli backpackers, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The man’s family has been informed, but his name has not yet been released.

The ministry said Israeli diplomats in New Delhi are working to transport his body home.

The man was killed when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a bus.

Earlier this month an Israeli woman was killed and four Israelis were injured after the vehicle in which they were traveling swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a valley in the same northern Indian state.

That accident happened between Manali and Leh at the Spiti Valley in the Himalayan mountains, where the roads are steep with sections of gravel and loose soil. They are crisscrossed by streams.

India and neighboring Nepal are popular destinations for Israelis, particularly those who have just completed their compulsory military service.

In October last year, a jeep accident in Nepal claimed the life of Vered Aviyashar, 26, one of nine Israelis injured when their vehicle overturned while traveling in the Annapurna mountain range in central Nepal.

Three years ago, three Israelis were among around 45 people, half of them Nepalese, who died in a sudden blizzard in the Annapurna mountain range.

Sue Surkes contributed to this report.

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