Israel arranges return of body of Arab-Israeli teen killed in Istanbul attack


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Interior Ministry arranged the return of the body of an Arab-Israeli teenager killed in a terrorist attack in an Istanbul nightclub.

Lian Zaher Nasser, 19, from the Arab city of Tira, was one of 39 people killed in the attack, which occurred at around 1 a.m. Saturday at the Reina nightclub in the Ortakoy neighborhood.

Nasser’s family asked the Tira municipality for help in repatriating the body, since there was no travel insurance to help with the expense. The municipality turned to the government, which made the arrangements.

The Israeli search-and-rescue organization Zaka, which has worked around the world, coordinated the repatriation including logistics, transportation and financial, The Times of Israel reported.

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

As the attack did not target Israeli citizens, the Defense Ministry is not expected to recognize Nasser or an injured friend as terror victims, Ynet reported. Two other Israeli women, also from Tira, were at the nightclub during the attack.

On Monday, the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement written in Arabic and Turkish while warning of other attacks on Turkey to come. The attacker remains on the loose.

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