Three family members drown in water reservoir

The two brothers and their cousin were trying to draw water when they slipped in.

April 17, 2010 10:27
Yatir reservoir

Yatir reservoir 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Three family members drowned Friday evening after falling into a water reservoir in the northern Negev.

On Friday afternoon, a group of people from the Beduin community of Hura entered the fenced reservoir to draw water. Two of them, brothers, apparently slipped on the plastic lining surrounding the reservoir and fell into the water, unable to clime out again. Their cousin tried to rescue them but also drowned.
Rescue forces arrived on the scene shortly afterwards and managed to retrieve the bodies of the two brothers. Searches for the cousin’s body were stopped after sundown. His body was found Saturday morning.

The two brothers were Abed Abu Alikyan, 16, and Muhammad Abu Alikyan, 17. Their cousin was Raed Abu Alikyan, 23.

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