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Grandparents of cable car crash survivor boy appeal against returning him to Italy

Shmulik Peleg, grandfather of Eitan Biran, who survived a cable car crash in Italy that killed his immediate family, arrives at court in Tel Aviv, on Thursday, November 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Shmulik Peleg, grandfather of Eitan Biran, who survived a cable car crash in Italy that killed his immediate family, arrives at court in Tel Aviv, on Thursday, November 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The maternal grandparents of a 6-year-old Israeli boy whose parents were killed in an Italian cable car crash files an appeal to the Supreme Court against returning him to Italy.

The appeal comes after a lower court ruled last week that Eitan Biran must be returned to his paternal relatives in Italy.

“We hope that the Supreme Court judges will consider the unprecedented case before them and order that Eitan remain in Israel, as his parents wanted,” the Peleg family says in a statement on the appeal.

The boy has been at the center of a custody battle between his grandparents in Israel and relatives in Italy since surviving a cable car crash this May, in which his parents, younger brother and great-grandparents were among 14 killed.

Days before last week’s ruling, Italy issued an international arrest warrant for Shmulik Peleg, Biran’s grandfather, alleging he kidnapped the boy from his aunt’s home in Italy when Peleg brought the boy to Israel in September.

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