Two Israelis were killed in a fatal car crash in Batumi, Georgia, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. 17 others were injured in the incident.
Local media reports indicate that the fatal accident occurred after a truck collided with a bus which the Israelis were on board of. The group, in which the two Israelis were members, was on its way to Mahontesti Falls.
Four of the injured were flown to Israel ton Saturday morning and transferred to Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer, Rambam Hospital in Haifa and Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. The condition of one of the injured brought to Israel is stated to be critical, and two more injured are hospitalized in Georgia in a very serious condition.
The Israelis purchased a vacation package to Batumi through a recognized tourism agency, but went on a trip to the region independently and not through the company, according to N12.
The PassportCard insurance company is assisting two of it's clients in a minor condition, who were treated at the scene.
The Department of Israelis Abroad is in the midst of handling the incident and the Israeli consulate is on its way to the accident area.
The Israeli ambassador to Georgia, Hadas Mitsad, said that "Immediately, together with the consul at the Hadas Cohen embassy and the department for Israelis abroad in the consular wing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we began to deal with the accident in order to help the victims and also to work with the Georgian authorities in order to speed up the handling of the procedures."
Ambassador Mitsad also said that she is on her way to the scene of the accident together with the consulate, about a four-hour drive from the capital Tbilisi, in order to speed up the treatment. "We are doing our best to get there as soon as possible in order to provide close support and help as much as we can."
Several Israelis killed in traffic accidents outside the country
This is not the first time this year that Israelis have been killed in traffic accidents outside the country. This incident joins the serious car accident that happened in Sinai about two months ago, in which Yuval Keshet and Mattan Luzon were killed, and the car accident that happened in Britain about a month ago, in which Yoram and Noga Hirschfeld were killed.
This is a developing story.