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An Israeli woman died in Nepal Sunday after being critically injured when the jeep she was traveling in with eight other Israeli hikers overturned several times near the Annapurna mountain range during a hiking excursion.
While details of the crash remain unclear, according to the Foreign Ministry, Vered Aviyashar, 26, of Jerusalem, sustained severe head trauma after the vehicle landed in a canyon in central Nepal.
The other eight unidentified passengers sustained light injuries and are expected to recover.
A distress call from a satellite phone was sent to the Israeli Magnus rescue organization shortly after the wreck, and a helicopter arrived at the scene to transport the group to a hospital in Kathmandu.
Aviyashar, who recently graduated college, died en route to the emergency room, the ministry said.
She was born and raised in Kibbutz Ein Hanatziv, a religious Zionist communal settlement near Beit She’an, in northeastern Israel.
In a Facebook post, her sister Sigal mourned the sudden loss.
“Vered, my sister, my love, beloved by all, [was taken] from us,” wrote Sigal, one of six siblings.
“I [won’t] write much here, but now, after this unbearably difficult night, and ahead of long and painful days, I wish to tell you a bit about her light: How she was happy and simple, witty and sharp.
How much she loved both man and nature, how beautifully she sang and played on anything she could.
“How direct and real she was, how funny she was at impersonations, how she was a great friend, how much she cared about her family and was in love with her nephews, how she loved life and how little life she had.”
On Monday, the ministry said it dispatched an ambassador to the hospital while working with the Nepalese government to return Aviyashar’s body to Israel for burial.