(JNS.org) Lian Zaher Hassan, a 19-year-old Israeli woman from the predominantly Arab city of Tira, was among the 39 people killed in the New Year’s Eve massing shooting attack in an Istanbul nightclub.
The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack in Turkey, saying through theAamaq 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.”
Israel’s Interior Ministry and the Israeli ZAKA volunteer emergency response group worked to return the Arab teenager’s remains to Israel for a proper burial.
“ZAKA is an international humanitarian organization that honors the dead, regardless of religion, race or gender,” ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said in a statement.
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.