Monday, 25 Mar 2019 - 18 of Adar II, 5779

Two Israelis among the 137 passengers who died in crash of Ethiopian Airlines plane

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The Israeli Rescue Team ZAKA has departed to Ethiopia to locate the remains of the two Israeli passengers  as well as help local authorities comb through the wreckage for bodies and help with clean-up efforts.

JERUSALEM—Two Israelis are among the passengers who died in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Abeba en route to Nairobi, Kenya and killed everyone aboard.

At least 35 nationalities were among the 157 passengers  who died, including the two Israelis.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa.

The Israeli Rescue Team ZAKA has departed to Ethiopia to locate the remains of the two Israeli passengers  as well as help local authorities comb through the wreckage for bodies and help with clean-up efforts.

Their goal is to locate and identify the Israeli victims, collect their remains according to the Jewish law, and ensure a full Jewish burial, ZAKA said.

ZAKA South Africa said that it was sending a team at “the request of the ZAKA International Unit.”

“We deployed a team of four volunteers to assist with assisting in the recovery of victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash earlier today,” it said. “Our team will join the delegation from Israel, as well as Chabad Ethiopia, and the local authorities to bring peace to the victims of this tragic incident.’’

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