Six rescued from Dead Sea overnight after unsanctioned event held on beach

Six people were rescued from the Dead Sea overnight after police received reports that at least two people had gone missing from the Naveh Midbar beach yesterday evening during an event organized by ultra-Orthodox men from Modi’in Illit.

Some 2,000 people were in attendance and the event had not received clearance from the police, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

Four of those rescued by search and rescue teams were in good condition, according to reports, and two others were transferred for further medical treatment at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus and Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem.

Following the incident, the head of the volunteer-based Dead Sea Scrolls Rescue Team Matan Morad warns against entering the Dead Sea at night due to strong westerly winds that make it difficult to swim back to shore.

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