Quick Read: Israeli teenagers killed in Dead Sea flash flood

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They belonged to the Bnei Zion pre-military academy, according to Israeli lawmaker Yehuda Glick, who met with the school's staff and students on Thursday.

The hike the students were on was meant to be a "bonding trip" for them, according to officials.

The head of a seminary who organized a desert trek in which 10 Israeli teenagers were killed in a flash flood has been arrested on suspicion of causing death through negligence, police said.

After two consecutive days of heavy rain and flash flooding, the Israel Police released footage of various rescue efforts that took place across Israel.

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The hike was organised by a Tel Aviv-based institute that offers a one-year programme for young people wishing to postpone their military service, compulsory in Israel, in order to strengthen themselves mentally and physically. Police and army helicopters were among almost 700 people who searched for the missing until nightfall, when the search was halted, Haaretz reported.

Local reports quoted one of the survivors as saying that a three meters high wave hit his group, and that he had seen bodies floating in the water. He said Israel "embraces" the grieving families and wished the injured a speedy recovery. It is reported by The Times of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was kept abreast by phone, said, "We are all praying for better news".

Nine teens lost their lives in the tragedy. "We will keep going until we find them all", she said earlier, when several of the students were being treated as missing. "I ask you all, please follow the instructions of the police and rescue forces and be attentive to them".