(JNS.org) The dead body of Israeli woman Dalia Elyakim, 60, who was missing since the Berlin terror attack at a Christmas market carried out by an Islamic State terrorist, was identified by Berlin police Wednesday.
German authorities said Elyakim’s body was located Wednesday morning, but that DNA results to corroborate her identity would not be available until Sunday. The Israeli Embassy in Germany intervened and expedited the results.
Elyakim’s husband, Rami, was injured in the attack. He underwent surgery and is currently sedated, but in stable condition.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that German authorities' slow process for finding Elyakim’s body stemmed from how the authorities 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 Israeli ministry said, adding that the Germans did not intentionally make it difficult for families to identify their loved ones.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement, "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. 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, which killed 12 and wounded 48 others. A Europe-wide manhunt for Amri is ongoing.