Two Israelis die in plane crash

HELPERS: Volunteers from Israel’s ZAKA emergency response team were among the first foreigners to fly in to Ethiopia to help in recovery work. They are seen here searching among the debris for the remains of the two Israeli victims so that they could have a full Jewish burial

TWO Israelis were among the 157 people killed when an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner crashed outside Addis Ababa.

Avraham Matsliah, 49, of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, was the father of twin daughters who are both currently serving in the Israeli military.

Shimon Re’em Bitton, who leaves a wife and five children, was en route to Kenya. He was the chief of security in two Israeli embassies in South America.

“Our hearts go out to the victims’ families," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

There were no survivors on the flight, which carried passengers from 33 countries.

The Boeing 737 crashed near the town of Bishoftu six minutes after taking off on Sunday from Addis Ababa — a popular air hub for Israelis travelling to Africa, India and the Far East.

Ethiopian Airlines operates two flights a day to and from Israel, seven days a week. According to a report, 152,000 Israelis flew Ethiopian Airlines last year.

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