Israel Arranging Return of Body of Arab Citizen Killed in Istanbul Terror Attack
JNS.org — Israel is arranging the return of the body of an Arab-Israeli teenager killed in the the New Year’s Eve terror attack at an Istanbul nightclub.
Israel’s Interior Ministry and the Israeli ZAKA volunteer emergency response group said they are working to secure the remains of Lian Zaher Hassan, 19 — from the Arab city of Tira — so that she can receive a proper burial.
Hassan “was killed in a horrific attack and the state is duty-bound to lend its support and bring her body to Israel,” said Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri.
In a statement, ZAKA’s chairman, Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, said the group “is an international humanitarian organization that honors the dead, regardless of religion, race or gender.”
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Turkey, in which 39 people were murdered, saying through the Aamaq news agency, “In continuation of the blessed operations that Islamic State is conducting against the servant of the cross, Turkey, a heroic soldier of the caliphate struck the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast.”