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Families of teenagers killed in 2018 flash flood to receive NIS 24 million compensation

A composite photo of victims of a flash flood in southern Israel on April 27, 2018. Ilan Bar Shalom (TL), Shani Shamir (TC), Agam Levy (TR), Romi Cohen (ML), Tzur Alfi (MC), Ella Or (MR), Gali Balali (BL), Maayan Barhum (BC), Yael Sadan (BR) (Facebook/courtesy)
A composite photo of victims of a flash flood in southern Israel on April 27, 2018. Ilan Bar Shalom (TL), Shani Shamir (TC), Agam Levy (TR), Romi Cohen (ML), Tzur Alfi (MC), Ella Or (MR), Gali Balali (BL), Maayan Barhum (BC), Yael Sadan (BR) (Facebook/courtesy)

The families of 10 teenagers who were swept to their deaths by a flash flood in 2018 during a hike arranged by a pre-military academy will receive NIS 24 million ($7.3 million) in compensation, according to Hebrew media reports.

According to the terms of the settlement over the Tzafit stream disaster, insurance companies will pay out NIS 18 million ($5.4 million) and the state will pay NIS 5.8 million ($1.7 million).

Bnei Zion academy’s ex-director Yuval Kahan and ex-counselor Aviv Bardichev have been charged with 10 counts each of negligent homicide, which carries a penalty of up to 12 years in prison per count. Prosecutors also charged the former administrators with causing grievous bodily harm for their role in organizing the ill-advised hike to the Tzafit stream in April 2018.

Rescue forces near the scene where 10 young Israelis were swept to their deaths in flash floods in the Tzafit riverbed, near the Dead Sea in southern Israel, on April 26, 2018. (Maor Kinsbursky/Flash90)

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