18 killed and 35 injured in school bus accident in flash floods in Jordan; IDF, Israeli Air Force and Police assisted in search and rescue and medical aid relief; IDF: Our soldiers have returned home safely.


The IDF, Israeli Air Force and Police assisted Jordan in a search and rescue mission after a children’s school bus was swept away in flash floods Thursday. The IDF confirmed it was “rescuing a bus full of children swept away in a flood on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea. IAF [Israel Air Force] helicopters full of IDF search & rescue soldiers have been deployed.”

18 were killed, mostly children, and 35 injured, the IDF and Israeli Air Force acting as first responders. The IDF sent its elite search and rescue Unit 669, confirming “The troops were sent at the request of the Jordanian government. The soldiers, led by the commanding officer of Unit 669, are assisting in locating the missing in spite of the adverse weather conditions.”

The Air Force confirmed it sent helicopters and Israeli Police confirmed it sent search and rescue teams as well as medical aid and teams. Israeli NGO’s also assisted Jordan Thursday and Friday.

On Friday morning, the IDF updated “IDF soldiers searched for the missing in Jordan until the harsh weather made it impossible to do so and the Jordanian authorities called off the search. Our soldiers have returned home safely.”


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