Story Behind Baumel's Return
By Micah Halpern
Friday April 5, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
Details of how Zachariah Baumel's remains were finally returned to his family and buried after 37 years are just now coming out.
The remains of a total of 20 bodies ended up in Israel's Abu Karbi forensic lab in Jaffa. Only one of them matched the remains of a missing Israeli soldiers. That was Baumel.
The entire operation of retrieving the bodies took 2 years and was managed by Russia. There were of course some snags along the way as tensions between Israel and Russia increased and decreased. The entire operation was put on hold after the Russia military transport was shot down by the Syrians and Russia blamed Israel.
The remains were found in the Yarmuq refugee camp which until recently was controlled by ISIS. After ISIS was removed Russia could go in.
Then the bodies were transferred to Israel.
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