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Helicopter crashes off coast in northern Israel

Illuminated blue police lights atop a police cruiser. ten Rehder/picture alliance via Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (AP) — A helicopter crashed off the Mediterranean coast of northern Israel late Monday, an Israeli official said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the event was still unfolding, said a search and rescue operation was under way.

The chopper went down near the northern city of Haifa.

There were no further details.