The body of Sgt. Zachary Baumel has been returned to Israel for burial, 37 years after he was went missing in action following the Battle of Sultan Yacub, in 1982.
Baumel’s body was repatriated to Israel via a third country several days ago and identified by his DNA at the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, as well as by the Chief Military Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Eyal Karim, IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said on Wednesday.
“This was a long-term effort by the intelligence community and the Missing Persons Division, during which various operational activities were carried out to locate the missing soldiers,” the military said, adding that the it is “committed to continuing the efforts to locate Sergeant Yehuda Katz, Sergeant Tzvika Feldman, all the missing soldiers and captives, and all fallen IDF soldiers whose burial places are unknown.”
Manelis said he couldn’t say where he was buried for all these years. While Feldman was in the same tank as Baumel when he was killed, Manelis would not comment on whether the body of Feldman would soon be found and returned to Israel.