Two teams of ZAKA volunteers are enroute to Ethiopia locate the bodies of the Israelis that were killed in the tragic plane crash this morning.
Following the news of this morning’s plane crash shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa airport, in which 149 people – including two Israelis – were killed, it was decided to send a delegation of experienced volunteers from the ZAKA International Rescue Unit.
The ZAKA International Rescue Team delegation will be made up of two teams – one from South Africa and another from Israel. The team from Israel left tonight at midnight on a direct flight in order to locate and identify the Israeli victims, to collect their remains in keeping with Jewish law and ensure a full Jewish burial.
Since hearing of the tragic news, ZAKA headquarters has been in constant contact with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Israeli Consulate in Addis Ababa and the Chabad emissary in Ethiopia, Rabbi Eliyahu Chaviv.
In a statement, ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said: “The members of the ZAKA delegation will leave for Addis Ababa tonight with the objective of doing all they can to locate the remains of the two Israeli victims and bring them to a full Jewish burial. Unfortunately, we have accumulated significant experience in dealing in a professional manner with incidents of this type.”