2 Million Travel Across Israel Over Sukkot Holiday

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A family collects nuts at Kibbutz Mishmar HaSharon over the Sukkot holiday.
A family collects nuts at Kibbutz Mishmar HaSharon over the Sukkot holiday.Credit: Gil Cohen-Magen

Almost 2 million people visited Israel's national parks, forests and nature reserves over the Sukkot holiday, reported the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Jewish National Fund. 

The most popular sites for visitors during the holiday period were the Caesarea national park, the Coral Beach nature reserve in Eilat, Masada, the Afek-Yarkon and Beit Guvrin national parks, and the Ein Gedi nature reserve, reports the INPA.

Hundreds of thousands visited and hiked in the water in the Majrasa, Hurshat Tal, Nahal Kziv, Nahal Snir, Banias, Tel Dan and Einot Zukim nature reserves.

Some 30,000 people camped out in INPA campgrounds, with many of them reaching full capacity in both the north and south.

Three hunters were caught east of Rosh Ha'ayin with a gazelle they allegedly caught. The police found weapons in their car and opened an investigation. 

A number of other people were arrested for spray painting their names on the walls of the fortress at Migdal Tzedek in Rosh Ha'ayin. 

Some 20 people received tickets in the Palmahim area as part of the enforcement program against driving vehicles illegally on beaches. 

INPA rangers along with rescue teams handled dozens of calls from hikers over the holiday, including a helicopter rescue of a girl injured in Nahal Arugot in the Judean Desert. Most of the rescues involved minor injuries, along with dehydration and people who got lost. 

The INPA also handled a number of fires along with the fire departments and  with the help of firefighting  aircraft all over the country, including a large fire in the Nahal Besor area.

The JNF said almost 800,000 people visited their sites, including tens of thousands who rode the bicycle trails. The most popular site for the JNF was the Agmon Hahula in the north, similar to recent years. Some 42,000 people visited the Agmon, along with tens of thousands of cranes who stopped by in recent weeks on their annual fall migration south.

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