Middle East Storms Turn Fatal, Killing Four

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 18 (UPI) — Storms in the Middle East were being blamed Monday for at least four deaths, authorities said.

A car was swept into a flooded river in southern Israel leaving one person dead and another missing, authorities said. Two passengers with serious injuries were rescued but one died after being transported to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, Haaretz reported.

A helicopter was sent to look for the missing man.

In the pre-dawn hours in the Negev Monday, three other people were trapped in their vehicles but an Israeli Defense Forces helicopter pulled them out after a few hours, Haaretz said.

In Egypt, an English traveler was killed when a sailboat in which he was riding capsized on the Nile River due to storm winds. In southern Egypt, two women died when heavy rain collapsed houses made of mud brick.

Bad weather closed the Yitzhak Rabin Border Crossing between Israel and Jordan.

North of the Negev the Nitzana Bridge collapsed due to the heavy storms stopping all traffic in the area.

Haaretz said Monday was one of the rainiest days in Israel this winter.

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