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Russia helps find remains of Israeli soldier missing since 1982

April 4, 2019 4:56 P.M. (Updated: April 5, 2019 1:03 P.M.)
(A photograph of Baumel)
MOSCOW (Ma'an) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced, on Thursday, that Russian soldiers, together with Syrian partners, found the remains of a missing Israeli soldier whose body was officially returned to Israel.

Putin made the announcement alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who arrived in Moscow on Thursday, for a short visit ahead of the Israeli legislative elections on April 9th.

Putin told Netanyahu that he realized it was important for the family of Zachary Baumel to be able to visit his grave.

Baumel was one of the three Israeli soldiers who was listed as missing after the Battle of Sultan Yacoub between Syria and Israel during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Netanyahu said that he is happy that Jerusalem and Moscow share the value of caring for our soldiers and ensuring they will return safely from battle.

Netanyahu mentioned that he requested Putin two years ago to help Israel uncover the remains of its missing soldiers. Putin accepted the request immediately.

Netanyahu went on to thank Russia "on my behalf and on behalf of the people of Israel, for everything you have done and for our steadfast friendship which is very important for my country."

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