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Israeli falls to his death during French Alps expedition

Identified as Stas Davidov, 55, the victim was a resident of the city of Ariel in Samaria.

View of the French Alps Val Thorens Ski resort in France,  Jan. 12, 2018. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.
View of the French Alps Val Thorens Ski resort in France, Jan. 12, 2018. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.

An Israeli man died on Tuesday after falling nearly 10,000 feet during a climbing expedition to Mont Blanc in the French Alps.

Identified as Stas Davidov, 55, the victim was a resident of the city of Ariel in Samaria. He ran the city’s environmental protection department.

Davidov was traveling with a group of six on one of the two main routes to Mont Blanc’s summit, the Gouter Corridor, when falling rocks caused him to divert from his path, according to local reports.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Davidov was an avid climber. Four years ago, he posted a photo from the top of Mount Kazbek in Georgia.

Eight people have died this year on Mont Blanc, which is western Europe’s tallest peak and sits along the French-Italian border. 

Earlier this month, another Israeli, Reuven Landau, 18, was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Canada. A resident of Nofim in Samaria, Landau had finished high school and was due to be drafted into the Israel Defense Forces.

Another individual was seriously injured in the accident.

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