Father of Missing Israeli Offers Reward for Information

The father of an Israeli who disappeared last year while backpacking in Tibet has offered $10,000 for any information regarding his whereabouts.

He also announced that a group of former members of an elite Israel Defense Force combat unit were due to leave for Tibet in two weeks to look for Nir Korech, 24, who is their comrade. Korech was last seen near the Tibetan- Bhutanese border. he had told another backpacker that he planned to explore an area that is off-limits to foreigners.

Previous search expeditions failed to turn up any signs of Korech.

Travel fever hits many young Israelis after their release from the army. Although some stick to more commonly traveled routes, others, such as Korech, try to push the outer bounds.

The IDF has declared the army reserve officer a missing soldier.

The Foreign Ministry has been unable to gather any information on his fate.

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