Abu Kabir Forensic Institute: ZAKA negligently dug out bodies of Jordanian soldiers

The Head of the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute sent a letter regarding ZAKA’s conduct in digging out the bodies of Jordanian soldiers most likely killed during the Six-Day War and expressed concerns of a diplomatic incident.
Digging out the skeletons Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Approximately 3 weeks ago, 3 skeletons were discovered, most likely of Jordanian soldiers killed in the Six-Day War. ZAKA carried out the excavations of the skeletons and according to a letter received by Channel 2 News, caused them severe damage.

In the letter sent by Head of the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute Dr. Chen Kogel, it said: “I would like to comment on a serious mishap in the treatment of the skeletons of the Jordanian soldiers whose bodies were exhumed from their graves.”

“The excavation of the graves was not done professionally,” the letter continued. “The excavation equipment (hoes) caused the skeletons severe damage, including fractures. Very significant bones are missing- making it difficult to determine the anthropological profile. Important external characteristics were removed from the bodies that could possibly help in their medical interpretation.”

Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Kogel explained the potential diplomatic risk of the case: “I am sure that the dignity of the dead is important to the Jordanians, so it is hard for me to see how we can explain bone fractures caused by digging vessels, the mixing of bones belonging to different bodies and the loss of certain bones. There is a large risk potential here and in my opinion, in order to avoid a crisis, it would be right to involve the Foreign Affairs Ministry in the matter."

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