Two Israeli Women Among Nine Killed in Nepal Bus Crash

Four Israelis injured; 40 passengers were aboard the bus, which plunged off a steep cliff northwest of Kathmandu.

Barak Ravid
Noa Shpigel
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The wreckage from the Nepali bus crash, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014Credit: Screenshot from
Barak Ravid
Noa Shpigel

Two Israeli women were among the nine people who perished when the bus they were travelling on fell off a cliff in Nepal on Friday. Some 27 people were injured in the accident, four Israelis among them.

The two were identified as Shira Dabush, a 30-year-old resident of Nir Yafeh and Omer Shemsh, a 22-year-old resident of Hod HaSharon. Dabush had recently completed her residency at a hospital in Afula, she was traveling with her partner, who was injured in the accident.

The bus had departed from Kathmandu, and was 35 kilometers away from the city when the accident occured, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Forty people, most of them foreign tourists, were on the bus, which was headed toward Langtang, a popular trekking destination.

Several of the injured passengers were reportedly in serious condition. The families of the hikers involved have been notified of the news, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

According to local television reports, the bus fell 150 meters off a cliff after coming off a narrow road in Belkot, in the Nuwakot district, northwest of Kathmandu.

Dabush had recently concluded her internship as a doctor at Haemek Medical Center in Afula. She was travelling with her partner, who was injured in the accident.

Israel's ambassador to Nepal visited the injured Israelis in a Kathmandu hospital, and is in touch with the local authorities, the Foreign Ministry said. It added that  preparations to repatriate the two deceased Israelis' bodies were underway.

The bus accident comes just a day after Michal Cherkesky, one of the Israelis killed in a deadly blizzard in Nepal, was laid to rest.

She was among 39 people, including three Israelis, who died in blizzards and avalanches that swept the Himalayas last week.

Map: approximate location of the bus crash in Nepal.