Daily Israel Report

All Five Israeli Dead Identified, Named

Yitzchak Kolangi, 28; Amir Menashe, 28; Maor Harush, 25; Elior Preis, 26, and Kochava Shriki, 44, will be flown home Thursday night.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/19/2012, 7:58 PM

ZAKA team at Burgas
ZAKA team at Burgas
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The remains of the five Israelis killed in a terror attack on a tourist bus in Bulgaria have all been identified. They will be flown home later Thursday in an IAF Hercules aircraft.

The dead are Yitzchak Kolangi, 28, of Petach Tikva; Amir Menashe, 28, of Petach Tikva; Maor Harush, 25, of Akko; Elior Preis, 26, of Akko; and Kochava Shriki, 44, of Rishon LeTzion.

The times of their funerals have not yet been set.

Before the airplane takes off, a short ceremony will be held at the Burgas airport. ZAKA volunteers will say Kadish over the dead.

The transport plane is expected to land at Ben Gurion Airport after 9:00 p.m.

The caskets will be received at Ben Gurion Airport in a military ceremony. Tourism Minister Stes Misezhnikov will speak at the ceremony, and represent the government.

Another IAF plane took off Thursday afternoon from Bulgaria carrying three seriously wounded victims, accompanied by a medical staff under IDF Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Col. Dr. Dudu Dagan. The wounded were transported after medical evaluations determined their condition allowed them to be flown to Israel.

Earlier in the day, a plane carrying 33 victims who were less seriously wounded landed in Israel.