Court rejects compensation in Jordan river drowning case

August 21, 2011 14:42


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The Haifa Magistrate's Court ruled on Sunday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parents of a ten-year-old child who drowned in the Jordan River in August 1999.

Naveh Sha'ar Yishuv drowned to death when strong currents swept her into a pipe underneath the Kfar Hanassi Bridge in the North.

Her parents had demanded financial compensation from the Defense Ministry - as the Kfar Hanassi Bridge is a military installation -  for the death of the child.

However, Judge Fish said the state was not liable for the drowning death, which occurred in an unsupervised section of the river, with clearly visible, raging currents presenting a significant danger.

"The acts and failures of the parents alone led to the accident," said the judge.

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