An Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members crashed Sunday six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, killing all on board including two Israelis.
The airline confirmed that there were no survivors, and that the victims included foreign nationals from over 32 countries. Two Israelis were among the dead, which also included 32 Kenyans; 18 Canadians; nine Ethiopians; eight each from China, the United States and Italy; seven each from France and Britain; six from Egypt; five from the Netherlands; four each from India and Slovakia; and one Irish citizen.
“I came here to the Foreign Ministry to closely monitor reports from Ethiopia,” Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video outside the emergency situation room where he had arrived earlier to ascertain whether there were any Israeli victims. “Unfortunately our ambassador in Ethiopia told us that two Israelis were killed in the plane crash,” he continued, “our hearts are with the families.”
The Ethiopian Prime Minister’s office tweeted “condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones.”Israel has a sizeable Ethiopian population numbering around 140,000 people, including more than 50,000 born in the Jewish state.
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