Israel arranges return of body of Israeli killed in Istanbul

Israel’s Interior Ministry takes charge of return of body of Israeli-Arab teen killed in terrorist attack in an Istanbul nightclub.

Arutz Sheva Staff and JTA,

Israeli wounded in Istanbul attack transferred to hospital
Israeli wounded in Istanbul attack transferred to hospital
Shahar Hezkelevich/Magen David Adom

Israel’s Interior Ministry arranged the return of the body of the Israeli-Arab teen killed in a terrorist attack in an Istanbul nightclub.

Lian Zaher Nasser, 19, from the Israeli Arab city of Tira, was one of 39 killed in the attack, which occurred at around 1 a.m. Saturday at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortakoy neighborhood. There was no guard at the nightclub.

Nasser’s family asked the Tira municipality for help in overcoming bureaucracy involved in repatriating their daughter's body, and for financial coverage since there was no travel insurance to help with the expense. The municipality turned to the Israeli government and the Interior Ministry immediately stepped in, agreed to fund the return of the body and made the arrangements.

The ZAKA Israeli search-and-rescue organization, which has worked around the world, coordinated the return of Lian's body for burial in Israel, including logistics and transportation.

The body was expected to arrive in Israel on Monday morning.

Because the attack at the Istanbul club did not target Israeli citizens, the Defense Ministry may not recognize Nasser or her friend, who was injured in the attack, as terror victims, Two other Israeli women from Tira were at the nightclub during the attack.

The Islamic State terror group on Monday claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement written in Arabic and Turkish. It warned of other attacks on Turkey to come. The attacker is still on the loose.

Nasser's funeral will take place tomorrow at 11:00 AM at the Tira cemetery.