Thursday, October 16, 2014

Baruch Dayan Emet: Lt. Tamar Ariel (25), Graduate of UBA Even Shmuel

Israeli Killed in Nepal: IAF's First Female Religious Navigator

Lt. Tamar Ariel, 25, made history when she became a navigator in the IAF in 2012. Agam Luria, 23, and Nadav Shoham were also killed.
First Publish: 10/16/2014, 8:22 PM

Lt. Tamar Ariel z"l
Lt. Tamar Ariel z"l
IAF photo

An Israeli woman killed in the Anapurna Ridge avalanche in Nepal has been identified as Lt. Tamar Ariel, 25, of Masuot Yitzchak.


Ariel had made history in 2012 when she became the IAF's first religious female navigator. She had served in that capacity in the Ha'emek Squadron, based at Ramat David in the Galilee.


She was educated in religious Zionist institutions and completed the ulpana at Even Shmuel, near Kiryat Gat.


After her national service, she was summoned to be tested for eligibility to take part in the Pilots' Course. Four years later, she completed Course 165 in December of 2012 and took part in the graduation wearing the long skirt that is favored by religious Zionist female soldiers.


Earlier Thursday, the name of a second Israeli who was killed in the disasterwas published: Agam Luria, 23, of Kibbutz Yifat. Luria, a graduate of Haemek Hammaravi High School in Yifat, left behind his mother and two older brothers.

The identity of a third Israel who was killed in the avalanche was released Thursday evening: Nadav Shoham of Mitzpe Hoshaya in the Galilee.


Thirteen Israeli hikers are hospitalized at the military field hospital in Nepal following the disaster. Seven of them are very lightly injured and are expected to be released soon, and probably return to Israel. Six others will remain hospitalized and probably will be transferred to other hospitals.


All in all, 135 Israelis who are in Nepal have yet to contact their families but it is believed that most of them will do so in the coming hours.

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