Israeli recovery team headed to Germanwings crash site
French rescue workers gather in front of a memorial for the victims of the Germanwings air crash in Le Vernet, France. (AFP/Jeff Pachoud)
A team of Israeli rescue and recovery experts with experience identifying body parts after suicide attacks will travel to the French Alps to help with the efforts to gather the remains of the 150 victims of last week's fatal Germanwings crash.
The eight-member team from the group Zaka is expected to arrive either late Sunday or early Monday, according to the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Zaka was founded by religious Jews in 1995 in response to deadly terrorist attacks that often left body parts strewn over wide areas. Jewish religious law requires the recovery of as many body parts as possible so that a person's entire body can be buried.
Although the team will help with the overall search, a key focus is tracking down the remains of an Israeli passenger who was on Germanwings flight 4U9525 when it crashed on its way from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany.
Lufthansa is paying for the Zaka team's travel costs at the request of the victim's family.