Israeli Diver Drowns in Nigeria

An Israeli diver has drowned in Nigeria. ZAKA is fighting to prevent an autopsy.

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Chana Ya'ar,

A DSIT diver detector unit
A DSIT diver detector unit
courtesy DSIT Company, Givat Shmuel

The body of an Israeli diver was discovered Friday in Nigeria, with officials reporting the diver apparently drowned

The ZAKA emergency services organization has been called in to intervene with Nigerian authorities, who are insisting on performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death. It is not clear what caused the 31-year-old victim, whose name has not yet been released, to drown.

However, an autopsy is forbidden under Jewish law unless the procedure is deemed by a rabbinical expert specifically to be of life-saving value.

Nigeria was mentioned in the travel warning issued earlier this week by Israel's National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau.

The warning, which specifically pointed to the upcoming holidays of Passover, Lag B'Omer and Israeli Independence Day, noted these events “are liable to provide incentive for terrorists around the world to attack Israeli and Jewish targets abroad.”

The statement noted an “increased threat of attacks by Global Jihad in Africa, especially Nigeria, the Sahel countries, the Mahgreb area and the Horn of Africa,” as well as on the Tunisian island of Djerba.