Israeli killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash identified as Ma’ale Adumim father
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Israeli killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash identified as Ma’ale Adumim father

Avraham Matzliah, 49, remembered as ‘a wonderful father and a funny man’; second Israeli victim yet to be publicly identified

Avraham Matsliah, 49, from Ma'ale Adumim, was killed in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight near Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019. (Facebook)
Avraham Matsliah, 49, from Ma'ale Adumim, was killed in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight near Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019. (Facebook)

One of the two Israelis killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash near Addis Ababa on Sunday was identified Monday evening as Avraham Matsliah, a father of two from the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

Matsliah, 49, left behind a wife and two twin daughters, who are both currently serving in the Israeli military.

All 157 passengers and crew members of a Boeing 737 MAX airplane operated by Ethiopian Airlines were killed shortly after the Nairobi-bound flight took off from Addis Ababa.

At least 35 nationalities were among the dead. The second Israeli who was killed is yet to be publicly identified.

Authorities are still working to sort through the wreckage and identify victims. The Israeli emergency response group ZAKA sent a delegation late Sunday night  “to locate and identify the Israeli victims, to collect their remains in keeping with Jewish law, and ensure a full Jewish burial,” the group said.

Matsliah was a high-tech employee who often traveled to Africa for business, according to his sister Meirav Avlis.

Rescuers at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 11, 2019. (AP /Mulugeta Ayene)

“This is a tragedy that is hard to swallow. He was loved by everyone and always cared for us. We all simply loved him,” his daughter Yael, 19, was quoted as saying by the Ynet news site.

Avlis was quoted by the Walla news site saying that he “was a special person, a wonderful father and a funny man. We’re in shock, we can’t believe it.”

“He was really connected to the place, the people,” she said of his love for the African continent.

Illustrative. An Ethiopian Airline Boeing 737-700 aircraft, November 28, 2017. (ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP / File)

Israel’s Ambassador to South Sudan Hanan Godar said he was a passenger last week on board the same jetliner that crashed, saying the plane had experienced engine trouble.

Ethiopian Airlines grounded all six of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, the model involved in the disaster.

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