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Nine people hiking in Nahal Tze’elim in the Judean Desert had to be rescued by volunteers from the Ein Gedi Rescue Unit on Thursday.

The crisis occurred after their vehicles were suddenly stranded in a flash flood in the area, along the southern section of the Dead Sea.

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Flash floods are common in that section of Judean Desert when there is heavy rain; for that reason, forecasters warn tourists and Israelis not to go out hiking when a flood warning is in effect.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.