ZAKA Sends Two Teams to Ethiopia

YERUSHALAYIM -
Wreckage lies at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after takeoff at Hejere near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo)

The ZAKA International Rescue Team said on Sunday that it will be sending two delegations to Ethiopia to locate and identify the Israeli victims in an airline disaster that killed 149 people, to collect their remains in keeping with Jewish law and ensure a full Jewish burial.

ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said, “the members of the ZAKA delegation will leave for Addis Ababa tonight.”

One team was departing from South Africa and another from Israel. The team from Israel leaves on a direct flight Sunday at midnight.

“Since receipt 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,” the organization said in a statement.