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Boy who survived Italy cable car crash to remain in Israel during custody fight

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The bitter custody battle over a six-year-old Israeli boy who was the sole survivor of a cable car crash in Italy inched forward on Monday with a preliminary hearing at a Tel Aviv family court, where it was decided that further hearings will be held in two weeks and the child will spend time with both sides in the meantime.

Eitan Biran’s relatives on both sides attended the session in Tel Aviv, in a legal fight that spans both countries where his remaining relatives reside. Eitan’s parents, younger brother and two great-grandparents were among 14 people killed when the cable car carrying them crashed into a mountainside in May.

The child’s survival sparked an immediate international dispute between his maternal and paternal families that has involved allegations of abduction, after he was secretly whisked away from Italy and brought to Israel.

Members of both families met in family court in Tel Aviv on Monday, a next step in the dispute. Those present included Eitan’s paternal aunt Aya Biran-Nirko, who lives in Italy and has filed a formal request with the Italian court system seeking Eitan’s return to Italy.

Also attending Monday’s hearing was the child’s maternal grandfather, Shmulik Peleg, who spirited the boy away to Israel. Gali Peleg, the boy’s maternal aunt who is seeking custody of him in Israel, also arrived at the court.


© The Times of Israel

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