In an e-mail to JTA, Rabbi Sheah Deitsch, one of a group of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries who are first responders on behalf of the Moscow Chief Rabbinate, said that “families were screaming and wailing.”
“They asked to speak to the Jewish rabbis, and we tried to uplift their spirits and told them that we were there for them for whatever they needed,” he wrote.
Monday’s bombing at the the Domodedovo Airport killed at least 35 and injured 130.
“From the preliminary information we have, it was a terror attack,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in a televised briefing, adding that those responsible would be “tracked down and punished.”
Moscow transportation services went on high alert following the attack. Israel canceled all flights to Moscow.
Deitsch said his group reviewed a list of the names of the dead and determined that it contained no Jews. The Chabad rabbis remained at the airport to comfort the families of the dead. They also arranged kosher food for passengers on an El Al flight bound for Tel Aviv that was not able to take off due to the attack.