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Appeal for Northern Ireland man missing in Israel

By Claire Williamson

Concern is growing for a Northern Ireland man who is missing in Israel as his friends and family say they are very worried about him.

Rescue teams are searching for Oliver McAfee from Dromore who was last seen on November 21.

Ollie (29) who lives in Essex went on a cycling trip to Israel at the end of October.

He had intended to say for five weeks and return at the beginning of December but he missed his return date.

His family and friends have been growing increasingly concerned as they had no contact from him.

The UK Foreign Office and police have been alerted that he is missing.

Friends and family have created a Facebook page to raise awareness and to try and find him.

His family said they know that he has not left Israel because his passport has not crossed a border.

Missing: Ollie McAfee in Israel

Some of his possessions including a tablet computer, his wallet and keys were found near a trail in a park in southern Israel, and other items including his bike, other bags and shoes etc were found near an apparent camp site further away.

As of yet, Ollie and his passport have not been located, despite an extensive search by Israeli authorities and Search and Rescue teams.

The Israeli authorities are working with Interpol and the UKFO to try and locate Ollie.

Ollie's friend Mark Fletcher told the Belfast Telegraph that it's "awful" not knowing where he is or if he is ok.

He said: "Ollie is a lovely guy - he's quite shy, but has a big heart and is generous with his time and skills. He loves helping people and despite his shyness enjoys travel and meeting new people.

"His family are doing as well as you might imagine - this is obviously really hard for all of us that know him. It's awful to not know where he is and not know if he's OK or not."

Ollie's friends and family have urged anyone with any information or who knows anyone in Israel to contact their page.

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