Israeli Found Dead in Quake Ruins

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L'AQUILA, ITALY - Rescue workers have found the body of 23 year-old Israeli medical student Hussein Hamada, whose dormitory collapsed in Italy's worst earthquake in 30 years.

Hamada's father, who had flown to Italy to observe the search, identified his son's remains.

Hamada was from the Western Galilee village of Kabul. He had been studying at the medical school in L'Aquila, about 65 miles northeast of Rome.Israeli officials hope to have his body returned to Israel as quickly as possible for burial.

Approximately 50 other Israeli students studying in the town survived.

Two hundred seventy-eight people are dead and nearly 28,000 homeless since the magnitude 6.3 quake struck on Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent condolences to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Israel will send trauma experts to help the people devastated by the earthquake and has offered to assist in reconstruction.

Israeli engineers and other officials are inspecting damage to buildings in L'Aquila to see if they can find ways to prevent damage should a powerful earthquake strike Israel.

The Vatican is planning a funeral Mass for most of the victims on Good Friday. It was a special concession on the part of church leaders because Good Friday is the only day of the year when Roman Catholics do not celebrate Mass.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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