Israeli tourist mysteriously dies in Peru

Shira Roth, a 21-year-old Israeli tourist from Ma'ale Adumim, died due to as yet unknown causes in Peru on Thursday during her travels in Huaraz in the western region of the South American state.

The Foreign Ministry on Friday morning confirmed her death, and said the Israeli embassy is working with local authorities to get information about the cause of her death and to bring her body back to Israel.

During her trek in Peru, Roth began feeling ill and got on a bus headed towards the capital city of Lima. Several hours later she was found with no signs of life on the bus.

Some radio reports have claimed a factor in her death may have been altitude sickness, although that speculation remains unconfirmed.

Roth is the daughter of sound technician and radio broadcaster Hillel Roth, who was one of the first workers at Arutz Sheva. The Arutz Sheva staff joins in the deep sorrow of the Roth family at the loss of their young daughter and sends its heartfelt condolences.

Hillel Roth wrote on Facebook: "with great sorrow I was informed that my beloved daughter Shira Roth was killed in a trek in Peru. The Foreign Ministry confirmed the details. The consul in Peru is working to bring her body back. The Ministry together with the local authorities is checking the reason for her death."

Roth's death comes just two weeks after 24-year-old Orel Guetta of Kfar Saba was killed in Peru.

Guetta died in Cusco during an extreme sports activity. During the "Tarzan" swing rope, a pendulum jump of about 100 meters (109 yards) high, a cable snapped causing him to plummet and suffer serious wounds, and he bled to death before rescuers were able to reach the scene.


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