Israeli Woman Identified as One of Berlin Terror Attack Victims
JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli woman missing since a terror attack in the center of Berlin has been identified as one of those killed.
Dalia Elyakim, 60, was identified on Wednesday night, confirming that she was one of the 12 people killed when a truck ploughed into a crowd at Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Monday.
Her husband, Rami Elyakim, also 60, was seriously injured in the attack; he is reportedly sedated and breathing with respirator after surgery following the attack. . The couple is from the Israeli city of Herzliya.
Some 48 people were injured in the attack.
The Islamic State terror group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the attack.
A suspect arrested in connection with the attack was released on Tuesday after police determined he was not the driver of the truck. The prime suspect is a Tunisian man, 24, whose request for asylum was rejected by Germany. The suspect, Anis Amri, is a known jihadist. His asylum papers reportedly were found in the truck used in the attack.
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin in a statement offered his sympathies to the Elyakim family. “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 also said.