Body of Thai ferry fatality, Shani Maril, 12, identified


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The body of the 12-year-old girl from Israel who was killed in a fire aboard a ferry in Thailand was positively identified.

Shani Maril of Modiin, in central Israel, was identified on Monday. Her family had taken her to Thailand as a bat mitzvah present.

The transfer of her body back to Israel is being delayed due to a three-day New Year festival in Thailand. The rest of the family, including Shani’s parents, a sister and a brother, returned home on Sunday.

Shani was the lone fatality in the April 8 fire that erupted aboard the Ao Nang Princess 5 tourist ferry. She was locked in one of the bathrooms, which was engulfed by flames.

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