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Volunteers waited all night to enter synagogue to treat victims

People from ZAKA Search and Rescue USA entered building after spending hours waiting outside, before going in to prepare the bodies for burial

Police cordon off around the scene of Saturday's shooting
Police cordon off around the scene of Saturday's shooting

Volunteers with ZAKA Search and Rescue USA is waited all night for permission to enter the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh to treat the bodies of the victims, which remained on the floor of the synagogue where they were murdered.

On Sunday morning, the bodies were moved to the medical examiners office, Robert Jones, the FBI Special Agent in Charge said at a news conference.

When the volunteers were permitted to enter the synagogue, they prepared the bodies for burial and collected the blood at the site for burial with the bodies.

According to the organisation, ZAKA International Rescue Unit Chief Officer Mati Goldstein was in constant contact overnight with the local Pittsburgh community and ZAKA Commander in Pittsburgh Rabbi Elisar Adom, following shooting attack on the synagogue. Goldstein briefed them on how to act in the aftermath of this mass casualty incident, in particular how to treat the scene and prepare the bodies for burial, in cooperation with the local emergency forces and FBI and in accordance with Jewish law.

Adom, who was born in Israel and worked with ZAKA there before moving to the United States, om Sunday morning told Army Radio in Israel: “We are trying to work with the Pittsburgh police, but it is difficult because they don’t understand our needs. And, he added, “They are not taking any chances.”

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