What will happen to the sole survivor of the Italian cable car crash?

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Earlier in September, Eitan Biran, 6, was taken to Israel by his grandfather. On Thursday, the first custody hearing was held in a court in Tel Aviv.
Four months ago, six-year-old Israeli Eitan Biran miraculously survived a cable car crash in northern Italy that killed 14 people, including his parents, little brother and a set of great-grandparents. Now the dispute over his custody has turned into an open war between the two sides of the family, among religious tensions, reciprocal accusations of brain-washing and an (alleged) international kidnapping. But the question regarding where the boy will grow up is far from being resolved.

Sunday, May 23 appeared to mark the perfect moment for a day trip in Pavia, where the Biran family used to live. The sun was shining and many COVID restrictions had just been lifted, allowing tourist sites to reopen.

Amit Biran, 30, had come to Italy to study medicine several years earlier. He lived with his wife, Tal Peleg, 27, and their two children, Eitan and two-year-old Tom, in the town some 35 km. south of Milan and renowned for its university, which attracts many Israelis. The Birans also held Italian citizenship through an Italian ancestor of Tal's.

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