Names of Israelis killed in Ethiopian Airline crash released

The names of the two Israeli passengers who were killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash Sunday were released for publication.

Shimon Ram, a 59-year-old father of five and a civic defense contractor from Zichron Yaakov, was on route to Kenya.

Avraham Matzliah, a 49-year-old father of two from Maale Adumim was identified Monday. Matzliah was a successful high-tech businessman and often made the journey from Tel Aviv to Africa.

People around the world are mourning the loss of their loved ones after an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet on Sunday crashed en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.

Shortly after take-off at 05:38 GMT, the pilot reported an unspecified issue and was given permission to return to the Ethiopian capital’s Bole airport. Minutes later, communication was lost and the plane plunged to the ground near the city of Bishoftu.

The victims – 149 passengers and eight crew members – included at least 35 nationalities. United Nations staff were among those killed.

Members of the Israeli volunteer organization ZAKA went to Addis Ababa to help identify the victims and to make every effort to locate the dead Israelis and bring them to burial in Israel.

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“The process of identifying the victims will take at least five days,” Ethiopian Airlines spokesman Asrat Begashaw told reporters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

“Families will be notified.”

Due to the impact and ensuing fire, the identification of some remains could take weeks or months and may need to be done via dental records or DNA, experts say.

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