Jerusalem, March 10, 2019 – Following the tragic news of this morning’s Ethiopian Airlines 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 leave on a direct flight tonight, at midnight. This, 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 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.

ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav: “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.”