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Mar 14, 2019 3:40 PM 1+ week ago

The Foreign Ministry on Thursday publicly vented its frustration at Ethiopian authorities over delays in the identification of two Israelis who were killed in a plane crash in the country earlier in the week.

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed Sunday shortly after taking off from the capital, Addis Ababa, killing 157 people, including Israelis Shimon Re'em and Avraham Matsliah.

"Unfortunately, appeals to Ethiopian authorities [including a phone call between the prime minister and the prime minister of Ethiopia, and appeals by many other countries at the most senior levels] are not, for the time being, bringing the long-awaited results," the ministry said in a statement.

"We are attentive to the pain of the families, but the responsibility for the situation, in which the work of identifying the bodies is not being made possible at this stage, is not dependent on Israeli entities but on decisions by the local government. They are the ones taking the decisions. We will continue to act ...

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