Missing Israeli Woman Confirmed Dead Among Victims of Berlin Attack
JNS.org – The body of Dalia Elyakim, 60, who was missing since the Berlin terror attack at the Christmas market earlier this week, was identified by Berlin police Wednesday.
German authorities said that Elyakim’s body was located Wednesday morning, but that DNA results to corroborate her identity would not be available until Sunday. However, the Israeli embassy intervened and expedited the results.
Elyakim’s husband, Rami, was also injured in the attack. He underwent surgery and is currently sedated but in stable condition.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the slow response by German authorities in finding Elyakim’s body was because they are “not as skilled in dealing with mass casualty events.”
“This attack shocked them, and they didn’t really know what to do with such a large number of casualties, many of them tourists and therefore harder to identify,” the Foreign Ministry said, adding that the Germans were not intentional in making the situation difficult for families in identifying their loved ones.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed his sadness over Elyakim’s death and prayed for a quick recovery of her husband.
“From here I send my sympathies and offer strength to her family who are by the bedside of her husband Rami, who was seriously injured in the attack, and we pray for his speedy recovery,” Rivlin said in a statement. “We will remain united and determined in the face of this murderous terror which strikes across the world, and we will fight relentlessly against extremism and hatred.”
German authorities believe a 24-year-old Tunisian asylum seeker, Anis Amri, who had been known to police for his links to Islamic radicalism and was set to be deported, carried out the terror attack that killed 12 and wounded 48 people. A Europe-wide manhunt is currently underway for the arrest of Amri.