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Eitan’s Grandfather, The Boy Who Survived Cable Car Crash

The Israeli grandparents of Eitan , the 6-year-old boy who survived when a cable car cabin fell into the void in northern Italy last May and 14 people died, are being investigated for kidnapping, following the transfer of the child to Israel, they reported local media, which have also published that the grandfather is under house arrest in Israel.

Little Eitan Moshe Biran, barely five years old, is torn between life and death at the Reina Margarita Hospital in Turin, after being seriously injured in the accident of a cable car near the Italian Lake Maggiore that last Sunday cost his life 14 people, including his parents, brother and maternal great-grandparents.

Italy investigates the kidnapping of little Eitan, the only survivor of the cable car accident in which his family died
The prosecution of Parma (north) investigates Shmuel Pelegha and his ex-wife Etty after last Saturday the grandfather transferred the child without consent on a private plane to Israel , where his maternal family lives, after the complaint of the paternal aunt who is took care of him after the death of his parents and his brother in the accident.

“The Peleg family is holding Eitan as Israeli army soldiers are imprisoned in Hamas prisons” and “they refuse to say where the child is,” said the paternal uncle, who launched “a call to intervene on politicians.” in a case that could have diplomatic implications.

According to Italian media, the Israeli authorities have questioned Shmuel and placed him under house arrest.

Italian Foreign Minister Lugi di Maio said Monday that Italian authorities are “doing checks to find out what happened and then act.”

Remains of the Stresa-Mottarone cable car cabin after the accident.
The Israeli family of the surviving child of the cable car denies the kidnapping: “They were withholding information from us, it is for their good”
The tragedy of Eitan

“Little Eitan”, as he is known in Italy, where he became a symbol of hope after surviving the tragedy of May 23, has been at the center of a custody battle for months, after the maternal family would have claimed her from Israel.

The prosecution opened the investigation after the maternal grandfather, who had moved to Italy after the tragedy, did not deliver the child to his home at the scheduled time after a visit allowed by the judge.

The first investigations by the Pavia Police concluded that the grandfather and the minor had boarded a private flight in which the child could get on because he had his passport, which allowed expatriation, and then the confirmation of the landing of the plane in Israel arrived. through diplomatic channels, according to the same sources.

Firefighters next to the remains of the Stresa-Mottarone cable car cabin.
“The news shocks everyone and causes us great concern. He has been torn from the family he grew up with, from the doctors who treat him, in a traumatic way that can destabilize him,” said Armando Simbari, one of the lawyers at the time. Italian family.

Death of their parents
Italy watched for weeks on the evolution of little Eitan, who after the accident was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Regina Margherita Hospital in Turin (north) due to injuries before being transferred to the ward and starting a psychological program after the tragedy that suffered.

On June 10, he was discharged and left with his aunt, after being informed of the death of his parents.

The Italian Justice investigates twelve people and two companies for the accident suffered by the minor’s family and the rest of the occupants of the cabin that fell into the void between the Alpine mountain of Mottarone and the town of Stresa on May 23.

All of them are accused of intentional multiple homicide, disaster due to negligence and elimination of tools to avoid work accidents, after the chief of operations of the cable car admitted that he deactivated the braking system, to avoid closing the facility, which caused the fall .

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