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Rescuers launch search for family of 5 missing after Jordan Valley hike

Rescue teams locate 2 children and an older man but 2 still lost after hikers become separated after dark

Military and police rescue units launched a search on Tuesday to locate a family of five, including two children, who meant missing during a hiking trip in the West Bank.

Three of the family were located during the search, while two others remained missing in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The family became separated after sunset during the trip to a stream, Nahal Yitav, in the Jordan Valley, north of Jericho.

After dark, the hikers were scattered along the stream, which is also known as Wadi Auja, the Megillot rescue unit said. They were not reachable by phone.

Three of the five family members were located in the early hours of the search. A 65-year-old man who was rescued was said to be in serious medical condition after the ordeal.

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Two children, aged 12 and 13, were rescued with light injuries. They said they had last seen their father six hours before they were rescued, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

The IDF’s elite Special Rescue Unit 669 deployed a military helicopter to assist with the rescues.

Another police helicopter launched an aerial search and volunteers from the Megillot unit were scouring the area on foot.