TV: Forecaster says it told pre-military academy weather was ‘dangerous’

The Air Force weather forecasting company that was consulted by the pre-military academy Bnei Zion informed the Tel Aviv-based institution that it was “dangerous” to travel to southern Israel, due to the heavy rains, Hadashot News reports.

Citing testimony from the company, the TV report says the forecasters were insistent that they had not given the academy the go-ahead to visit the Tzafit River, where 10 students were killed by flash floods on Thursday.

The head of the academy, Yuval Kahan, was informed by the forecaster of heavy rain. A student counselor, who is also under arrest, called on Thursday and was likewise told of the perilous conditions. The trip went ahead nonetheless.

The weather forecasting company’s testimony strengthens the negligent homicide suspicions against the head of the academy and instructor, who are both in police custody, the report says. The two will be made to face each other during an interrogation on Monday and confronted with new details, according to the report.

Over the weekend, the two suspects traded blame when interrogated separately.

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