President Reuven Rivlin visits the National Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir in Tel Aviv, and thanks staff for their work over the weekend to identify the many victims of the Meron crush.
“These last days have demanded extraordinary fortitude from you,” he says. “Thanks to your dedication and devotion, you allowed the families to lay their loved ones to rest respectfully and in accordance with their views.”
He adds that it is “hard to grasp the pain of the families” who due to Shabbat could not know the definite fate of their loved ones until Saturday night.
“I am with you in your pain; all Israelis are with you in your pain.”