Jerusalem, Israel - March 12, 2019 - The ZAKA volunteers who were sent to Ethiopia at the request of the Israeli Prime Minister to retrieve the remains of the two Israeli victims who were killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this week have been searching today (Tuesday) at the site of the crash.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry, the National Security Council and the Israeli Consul in Ethiopia Ofer Zach are doing all they can to obtain the necessary approvals from the Ethiopian authorities in order to allow the ZAKA volunteers to carry out their professional work at the crash site and at the morgue where the remains are taken. The consul and his team are accompanying the ZAKA volunteers in the field and providing assistance. The Chabad emissary in Ethiopia Rabbi Eliyahu Chaviv is working tirelessly around the clock, providing food and accommodation for the ZAKA volunteers.

ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav noted that “this is a very difficult scene, with remains scattered across a hill top in a radius of over one kilometer. As a result of the state of the bodies, it is likely that identification can only be done with forensic measures that will take time.”