Man Killed, Three Wounded in Qornet al-Sawda Avalanche

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A man identified as Sayed Karam was killed on Wednesday in an avalanche in the Cedar's Qornet al-Sawda region in the north, which also left three other people wounded.

The Civil Defense Forces rescued Joseph al-Batoulani, Mohsen Iskandar and Andre Nadira and transferred them to the north's hospitals for treatment.

Meanwhile, the army's helicopters roamed the region to explore the situation in Qornet al-Sawda after the avalanche.

Located in north Lebanon, Qornet al-Sawda is the country's highest peak at more than 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) above sea level.

In a similar incident, on December 30, 2012, Civil Defense members rescued three people injured in a skiing accident that involved four other skiers in a mountainous area of Baabda district.

Tarshish Municipal chief Gaby Semaan had told MTV that the three skiers were lifted from a cave they fell in on Mount Kneisseh in an area between the villages of Tarshish and Kfarsalwan which lie at an elevation of around 1,500 meters.

And on January 28, 2011, the Lebanese army rescued 10 people, one of them critically injured, who had been trapped in an avalanche on Lebanon's highest mountain peak, a military spokesman said.

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