Russian media reports say 30 people have died and another 33 have been injured, 23 seriously, in a bus crash in the Negev desert.
It appears the bus was travelling through southern Israel when it fell into a ravine. The passengers were around 60 mainly Russian tourists who had just landed at Ovda airport and were being ferried to the holiday resort of Eilat on the Red sea. Helicopters were being used to supplement ambulance services taking victims to hospital. Some were trapped inside the coach following the crash. It is the country’s worst road accident in many years. The tourists had flown from St Petersburg for a winter sunshine break, and a taxi driver who was following the vehicle says the crash occurred when the driver attempted to overtake another coach on a hairpin bend, and lost control. It then rolled down the ravine, throwing passengers out of shattered windows before finally coming to rest.