Bolivia salt flat 311 Reuters.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Dana Bikovitzky, 22, from Herzliya, and Ofir Chen, 22, from Moshav Beit Herut,
between Hadera and Netanya, were killed, and a third woman was injured, when the
jeep they were riding in overturned in the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest
salt flat, in southwest Bolivia.
The Bolivian driver of the vehicle was
The women were on a post-army trek. A similar accident in
the same region took place three years ago, killing five Israeli
Bolivia severed ties with Israel in 2009, following Operation
Cast Lead, so Israel’s consul in Peru, Amir Cohen, is dealing with the matter
and was scheduled to arrive in Bolivia on Wednesday afternoon, local time. The
Foreign Ministry said that the women’s families have been informed of their
Cohen told Israel Radio that the injured woman was listed in good
condition, suffering from broken bones, and that the circumstances of the
accident were still not known. He said that the bodies of the two women will be
flown back to Israel for burial in the coming days.
Despite a lack of
diplomatic ties, hundreds of Israeli tourists – mostly young backpackers – go to
Bolivia each year as part of their post-army trips to South America.
deaths in Bolivia follow by less than two months the deaths of three other young
Israeli backpackers killed in the devastating earthquake that hit New Zealand in