A group of Israeli tourists has been missing in Russia since Sunday, and authorities fear for their lives. The group, organized by an Israeli travel agency and consisting of 14 to 15 Israelis plus six Russian guides, was touring the Kamchatka peninsula in eastern Russia. According to the Russian media, the group had refused to cancel their mountain climb planned for that day, despite a fierce snowstorm. At noon yesterday, 24 hours after they were supposed to have arrived at a planned rendezvous, the Ayala Tours agency reported them missing. However, the stormy weather prevented helicopters and rescue teams from searching for them. The first helicopter search is scheduled for today, assuming that the weather clears. The group was apparently not carrying any type of communications equipment.
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