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Despite war, cranes arrive in Israel’s Hula Valley

"In these sad and complicated days, perhaps nature can bring comfort," says Inbar Shlomit Rubin, who manages the site for KKL-JNF.

Cranes seen at the Hula Valley lake in northern Israel on Jan. 26, 2023. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.
Cranes seen at the Hula Valley lake in northern Israel on Jan. 26, 2023. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Nature continues to take its course as Israel wages war against the Hamas terror organization in the Gaza Strip, with thousands of cranes arriving at the Hula Valley nature reserve in the north as they do every fall.

The cranes are joining flamingos, pelicans and thousands of other birds which also migrate through Israel on their way to Africa.

“In these sad and complicated days, perhaps nature can bring comfort,” said Inbar Shlomit Rubin, who manages the site for KKL-JNF. 

“As every year, the migratory birds arrive at the nature reserve in the fall. It is one of the most important humid habitats in Israel, which is a critical stop for birds migrating between Europe and the African continent and back, both in terms of the wealth of food it offers to a variety of species and in terms of a safe haven for the birds during the long journey,” she said.

Thousands more cranes are expected to travel through the Hula Valley nature reserve, which is closed to the public due to the war, during the coming weeks. Some cranes will remain in the nature reserve throughout winter.

Originally published by Israel Hayom.

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