Or Asraf, the missing Israeli hiker, seen here in Nepal.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The crews searching for the missing Israeli trekker in Nepal Or Asraf resumed their work in difficult terrain early Saturday morning to try to locate the 22-year-old who has been missing since the earthquake struck the Himalayan country last week.
The personnel looking for Asraf include a rescue team of the Clal Insurance Company, forces from the IDF's Home Front Command, and Nepalese army forces who are fully cooperating with the Israelis.
Members of Asraf’s Golani Brigade’s elite Egoz Reconnaissance Unit and his father were also in Nepal helping with the search.
Asraf, was last seen in the Langtang area of Nepal, before the massive earthquake struck last Saturday.
Immediately after the quake, 250 Israelis were unaccounted for, but all except for Asraf have since been located.
Efforts resume to locate last missing Israeli in Nepal
“A massive effort is underway to locate Or Asraf,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.
“We will do everything we can to bring him [Asraf] home,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said, and assured reporters at a press conference in Jerusalem that all the country’s resources had been mobilized to find Asraf, who is technically considered to be unaccounted for rather than missing.
Earlier this week, Or's parents, Orit and Patrick, from Lahavim, near Beersheba, stood in the arrivals gate with a sign asking if anyone had seen their son at Ben-Gurion Airport as Israelis rescued from Nepal arrived to be greeted by their families.
They stopped Israelis coming through the gate asking them one by one if they had seen Asraf, interrupting the celebrations for a moment to chase down any shred of news about their son.
Looking around the arrivals gate on Tuesday, Orit looked at the celebrating families all around her, and hoped for the best.
“This looks like fun for them,” she said, before asking more survivors if they knew anything about her son.
Ben Hartman contributed to this report.