IDF and police search and rescue teams scrambled to a remote Judean Desert riverbed Wednesday evening to extract two hikers who were trapped because of flash floods in the area.
A helicopter from the IDF’s 669 search and rescue unit managed to reach the two despite the inclement weather.
Storms have wracked Israel for the past two days, flooding regions of the coast and sending cascades of water down the wadis from the Jerusalem hills toward the Dead Sea.
At least 23 emergency rescue workers were deployed to Nahal Og, roughly 15 miles east of Jerusalem, to rescue the two backpackers, Ynet reported. The complex operation took several hours due to storms in the area.
The two were airlifted to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem in good condition.