Two Israelis Killed While Climbing Georgia Mountain Range

Their bodies were found on Friday evening on Mount Ushba after a three-day search.

Mount Ushba in the Greater Caucasus Range, Georgia.
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Two Israelis were among four killed in a mountain climbing accident in Georgia this week. According to the Foreign Ministry, their bodies were found on Friday evening on Mount Ushba after a three-day search conducted by Georgian rescue forces. 

One of the Israelis has been identified as Boris Gorfinkel, 46, a resident of Mishmar HaEmek, a kibbutz in northern Israel. A kibbutz official said that Gorfinkel was on a two-week trip in the Caucasus Mountains. Gorfinkel, a high school teacher, is survived by his wife, Nika, and two daughters.

The second man was named as Michael Leviant, 46, a father of three from Binyamina, a community near Haifa; he is survived by his wife and children.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said that the Israeli consul in Georgia is dealing with the repatriation of the bodies.

Last month, four Israelis died in accidents around the world. Two were killed in a car crash in California, one drowned in Cuba and one died in a hit-and-run in Nevada.