Two Israeli Tourists Die in Peru Road Accidents

In two separate accidents on the same road, two Israeli tourists were killed, and nine other people were injured.

Two Israeli tourists were killed and nine others injured in two separate accidents on the same road in Peru on Tuesday.

The first accident on the Cusco-Lima road occurred when a bus overturned near the city of Ayacucho, some 550 kilometers south-east of Lima. An Israeli female tourist was killed, and many other passengers were injured including seven Israelis.

The second accident occurred shortly afterwards, on the same road, near the city of Nazca in the via Tambo region, claiming the life of an Israeli. Two other Israelis were among the injured passengers in this accident.

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement in Jerusalem saying that the embassy in Peru had contacted the Israelis involved in the accidents and will offer aid.

Peru is one of the most toured countries in South America, and is very popular among Israeli backpack travelers. Still, many of its roads are considered neglected and dangerous, many of them twisting on the tops of the Peruvian Andes slopes, without sufficient safety barriers. Three years ago, a 21-year-old from Be'er Sheva was killed near the city of Ica, while sand-skiing.

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Road block near Cusco, Peru, last month.