Stranded Israelis in Nepal say locals ‘growing violent’

Nepalese army personnel clear the debris of a collapsed house as they carry out rescue operations following Saturday’s earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Israeli hikers stranded in Nepal urged their parents on Monday afternoon to press the Foreign Ministry to accelerate rescue efforts, saying their lives were in immediate danger.

According to Channel 2, a group of hikers stranded in a decimated village sent an urgent appeal to their relatives, saying the local Nepalis had “grown violent” after the Israelis took food.

“We need to be rescued immediately. The local Nepalis have grown violent because we took food from a village that collapsed,” Shahar Zakai, who is with dozens of other Israelis, wrote to his brother.

Naama Shohat wrote to her mother that a hiker in her group is suffering from a head wound that is becoming infected, the Ynet news site reported. She described the area as hazardous and said there were boulders all around, and rockslides “every few minutes”…


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A large number of photos at the Daily Mail, here and here. They also have pictures of the destructions at Everest Base Camp, which was flattened by an avalanche caused the quake, killing eighteen.

More news on rescue attempts at Everest. A part of the route was wrecked by the avalanches and climbers are stranded above.  Cell service has been knocked out by the quake.  The linked report calls it the worst disaster in the mountain’s history.  The news is changing fast: another report says Helicopters Rescue 180 Climbers From 20,000 Feet Up Everest

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