Israeli woman confirmed killed in Berlin attack
The search for Dalia Elyakim, 60, an Israeli woman who went missing after the Christmas market attack in Berlin on Monday, has ended sadly with the announcement yesterday by German authorities who confirmed that she was among the 12 victims murdered in the attack.
The woman’s husband, Rami, 60, was seriously wounded and is hospitalised in Berlin. He already underwent two surgeries and is expected to undergo a third. His situation is not life-threatening, and efforts are underway to have him flown to Israel.
The couple was in Berlin on holiday. Their family arrived in Germany on Tuesday.
RIGHT: Dalia and Rami Elyakim in happier times
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin received the news of Elyakim’s death “with great sadness”.
“From here I send my sympathies and offer strength to her family who are by the bedside of her husband Rami, who was seriously injured in the attack, and we pray for his speedy recovery. We will remain united and determined in the face of this murderous terror which strikes across the world, and we will fight relentlessly against extremism and hatred,” Rivlin stated.
Rami was seriously injured in the attack and is reportedly still sedated and breathing with a respirator following surgery.
Germany’s security forces were at the time of this article still searching for Anis Amri, the prime suspect, whose documents police found under the driver’s seat of the truck that drove into the Christmas shoppers. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.
Amri, a male from Tunisia in his early 20s, had been investigated over an earlier terror plot and was under surveillance for several months, a German official said, adding that he could not be deported due to missing paperwork.
A reward of up to 100 000 euros is being offered for information leading to his capture. (He was later shot dead in Italy.)
The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.
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