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Court rules boy who survived cable car crash return to Italy

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Aya Biran, the paternal aunt of Eitan Biran, arrives for a court hearing over the alleged kidnapping of Eitan Biran in Tel Aviv on October 08, 2021.
Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90Aya Biran, the paternal aunt of Eitan Biran, arrives for a court hearing over the alleged kidnapping of Eitan Biran in Tel Aviv on October 08, 2021.

The Tel Aviv court said the boy had 'regular residence' in Italy

A court in Tel Aviv ordered on Monday that Eitan Biran, a child who survived a cable car crash and was later taken to Israel, must be brought back to his relatives in Italy.

Biran, a six year old boy and the only survivor of a cable car disaster that killed several members of his family, was initially living with his aunt in Italy after the incident.

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An Italian court officially awarded guardianship to the aunt, but Biran’s grandfather later flew the child to Israel against her wishes.

Biran’s parents moved from Israel to Italy a month after Biran was born, and a family court in Tel Aviv determined that the boy had “regular residence” there.

The grandfather said that the couple planned to come back to the country, and in light of this, Biran should stay in Israel.

However, this statement was disputed by the court, who cited the guardianship ruling in Italy which granted custody to the boy’s aunt.

“The boy is the only survivor of the cable car accident and the message of his late parents' 'spiritual will' would be for their families to set the right path on which the boy can tread peacefully and safely between them,” the court explained.