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Visitors to the Dead Sea region look over the muddy water flooding the area near Kibbutz Mitzpe Shalem in Nahal Kedem, 29 October 2008.

Israeli searchers have recovered the body of 21-year-old Yerachmiel Yeshayahu of Jerusalem at the bottom of a cliff near the northern shore of the Dead Sea.

Yeshayahu had fallen from the 100-foot (30 meter) cliff after hiking in the Judean Desert near the Samar wadi around Mitzpe Shalem.


Israel Police, the elite IDF 669 Search and Rescue Unit and the local Megilot Rescue Unit searched for hours until they found his body.

Three other hikers were also found by the rescuers; they were treated at the scene for mild injuries and then brought out with ropes and stretchers.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.