Rescue personnel found the corpses of two men in a flooded creek bed near Arad
on Saturday evening.
One belonged to a man who been had been missing
since Wednesday night.
Negev Subdistrict police believe the second body
belongs to another man who went missing along with the first on Wednesday, but
said that due to the difficult weather, they would only be able to evacuate and
identify it on Sunday morning.
For the past few days, police and rescue
personnel have been searching across the Negev for the two men, Marai Elsana,
25, and Sharif Elsana, 22, both from the village of Tarabin near
Negev Subdistrict chief Dep.-Ch. Peretz Amar met with the parents
of the two men, and briefed them about the rescue efforts that would continue on
Also on Saturday, in Lod’s Ramat Eshkol neighborhood, a
fire caused by a space heater killed a baby boy in his family’s
On Friday night, a 36-year-old Rishon Lezion man died when he
slipped and fell off the roof of his building while trying to fix a leak in the
Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino said on Saturday
that he hoped Highway 1 between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv would be open to all
traffic by Sunday morning.
He said police also hoped that schools would
be open by Sunday morning, but that the decision was up to the Education
He said police advised the public on Thursday afternoon to
avoid driving to Jerusalem this weekend, if at all possible, but that many did
not heed the warning.
On Saturday, National Police headquarters said it
was focusing on saving lives and opening streets closed to traffic because of
Police asked the public not to approach downed power lines
and to practice great caution when driving, due to icy streets. They advised
people taking to the outdoors to see the storm to be very careful where they
drive or hike. The warning was especially relevant for areas where there are
nearby mine fields, such as on the Golan Heights, because the heavy rains could
have dislodged the mines and sent them to unmarked areas, police said.
Saturday night, there were still an estimated 28,000 households without
electricity, including around 17,000 in Jerusalem, the Israel Electric
Corporation said. For the past two days, police, border police, paramedics and
rescue personnel from local authorities as well as the Jewish National Fund have
worked to find and evacuate people trapped by snow and flood waters.