Two Homeless People Die of Hypothermia in Israel Cold Snap

Man found dead in Jaffa park; earlier, passers-by find body of senior citizen in Netanya street.

Two homeless people died of hypothermia Saturday as a cold front continued to sweep through Israel.

The body of a man in his thirties was found Saturday in a Jaffa park, close to Bloomfield Stadium. He was pronounced dead at the site by Magen David Adom paramedics. Police will open an investigation into the man's death, although there are not believed to be any criminal motives.

Earlier Saturday, passers-by noticed the body of an 86-year-old man lying in a Netanya street. The man was pronounced dead at the site by Magen David Adom personnel.

Several seniors and homeless people died during unseasonably cold weather last winter. In January 2008, seven people died from a cold snap within the space of two weeks.

According to Magen David Adom, in many of the cases the homeless people had been drinking alcohol, which obstructed their ability to notice the drop in their body temperature.