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Five members of Israeli family killed in cable car accident in northern Italy

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday that five members of an Israeli family  who were among the 14 people who were killed in Italy when a cable car slammed into the side of a mountain.  were members of one family, Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday.

Amit Biran, 30, his wife, Tal Peleg-Biran, 26, and their 2-year-old son Tom Biran, were identified as victims of the incident, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Peleg-Biran’s grandparents Barbara and Yitzhak Cohen from Tel Aviv, 71 and 81, also died in the crash.

Another child, five-year-old Eitan Biran, survived the accident and was critically wounded. He is receiving treatment at an hospital in Turin. The family resided in Italy.

The accident occurred in the town of Stresa, which lies on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region. The likely cause, according to the ministry, was a cable snapping at the top of the mountain.

Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Mario Draghi expressed their “profound grief”, offering condolences to the victims’ families.

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