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Russian Forces Recover Body Remains of Israeli Soldier in Yarmouk Camp

Published : 05-04-2019

Russian Forces Recover Body Remains of Israeli Soldier in Yarmouk Camp

The body of Israeli tank commander Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel was flown back to Israel a few days ago.

He was one of three soldiers still listed as missing in action since the Battle of Sultan Yacoub in Lebanon in 1982.

The Israeli military would only say on Wednesday that Sgt Baumel's remains had been repatriated via a third country.

During a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on Thursday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was quoted by Russian media as saying: "Our soldiers together with Syrian partners established his resting place. We are very happy that they will be able to give him the necessary military honors at home."

Anwar Raja, an official from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, a pro-Syrian regime faction which operates from the Yarmouk Camp district in Damascus, told the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news channel the body was found at a cemetery in the Damascene refugee camp.

Raja held anti-government groups responsible for handing over the body remains of the missing soldier when Yarmouk Camp was controlled by the opposition forces.

Russia is supporting forces loyal to Syria's government in the country's eight-year warfare.

On April 19, 2018, a military operation launched by Syria’s government battalions and their Russian abettors led to the destruction of 60% of civilian buildings and premises in Yarmouk Camp. Dozens of civilians were killed and hundreds injured in the offensive.

Heavy damage was wrought on Yarmouk’s AlShuhadaa Cemetery as graves were hit with barrels bombs and headstones smashed by missiles and mortar shells. Shortly after, the Palestine Liberation Organization embarked on a campaign to clear debris in an attempt to open an access road to the cemetery.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8519

The body of Israeli tank commander Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel was flown back to Israel a few days ago.

He was one of three soldiers still listed as missing in action since the Battle of Sultan Yacoub in Lebanon in 1982.

The Israeli military would only say on Wednesday that Sgt Baumel's remains had been repatriated via a third country.

During a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on Thursday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was quoted by Russian media as saying: "Our soldiers together with Syrian partners established his resting place. We are very happy that they will be able to give him the necessary military honors at home."

Anwar Raja, an official from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, a pro-Syrian regime faction which operates from the Yarmouk Camp district in Damascus, told the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news channel the body was found at a cemetery in the Damascene refugee camp.

Raja held anti-government groups responsible for handing over the body remains of the missing soldier when Yarmouk Camp was controlled by the opposition forces.

Russia is supporting forces loyal to Syria's government in the country's eight-year warfare.

On April 19, 2018, a military operation launched by Syria’s government battalions and their Russian abettors led to the destruction of 60% of civilian buildings and premises in Yarmouk Camp. Dozens of civilians were killed and hundreds injured in the offensive.

Heavy damage was wrought on Yarmouk’s AlShuhadaa Cemetery as graves were hit with barrels bombs and headstones smashed by missiles and mortar shells. Shortly after, the Palestine Liberation Organization embarked on a campaign to clear debris in an attempt to open an access road to the cemetery.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8519