Israeli man who survived cable car crash in Italy was allegedly kidnapped by grandfather

In the midst of a guardianship battle, 6-year-old Eitan Biran, the only survivor of a cable car his family was in and who plunged into an Italian mountain in May, was reportedly taken by his Israeli family to Israel in the part of an alleged kidnapping.

His current legal guardian, Aya Biran-Nirko, the Italy-based sister of Eitan’s father, Amit Biran, has filed a complaint with the Italian police claiming that the child was abducted by his grandfather, Shmuel Peleg, reports Antonia Yamin from Kan.

Eitan reportedly left his home in Fabia, northern Italy, with Peleg on Saturday morning, but did not return in the early evening as agreed. Biran-Nirko repeatedly tried to reach Peleg until she received a message from him saying “Eitan has returned home,” the report said.

Biran-Nirko has since reportedly received a message from Peleg’s lawyer confirming that Eitan has arrived in Israel.

According to the report, Eitan’s trip to Israel was made possible because the Peleg family continued to hold their Israeli passports, contrary to an order from an Italian judge.

Fourteen people, including Eitan’s father Amit Biran, 30, his mother Tal Peleg-Biran, 26, his brother Tom, 2, and great-grandparents Barbara and Yitzhak Cohen from Tel Aviv, 71 and 81 years old, respectively, were killed in May. 24, after a cable broke on the aerial tramway bringing weekend visitors to the top of Mottarone Mountain in the Piedmont region. All five were buried in Israel a few days later.


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