Chilean miners to visit Holy Land for Christmas

The last miner to be rescued, Luis Urzua, center, gestures as Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, right, looks on after his rescue from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine in October.
The last miner to be rescued, Luis Urzua, center, gestures as Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, right, looks on after his rescue from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine in October.Alex Ibanez / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Thee 33 Chilean miners who captured the world's attention after surviving 69 days in a collapsed mine have accepted an Israeli invitation to visit the Holy Land for Christmas, Israel said.

Chilean ambassador has confirmed the miners would come, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

Israel offered the miners an all expenses paid, weeklong tour of Christian holy sites and other attractions over the holidays, Palmor said.

Palmor said the miners want to bring their families and Israel is considering it. He spoke on Thursday.

The miners were trapped in a San Jose mine following a tunnel collapse on Aug. 5. They were extracted last month in a spectacular rescue operation, ascending from the depths in a narrow capsule as the world watched.