Two fragments that could be human remains were reportedly found on Monday after New York City officials announced the launch of a new operation to sift 9/11 debris in an effort to identify as many victims as possible.
Medical examiner's staff, police, fire, and sanitation departments will spend the next 10 weeks combing through the 60 dump truck loads of debris that have been removed from construction areas around the World Trade Center site over the last two and a half years.
The material will be examined at a mobile sifting unit on Staten Island, city officials said Friday.
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Any human remains discovered will be analyzed by the medical examiner's staff for possible matches to 9/11 victims. Of the 2,750 people killed at the trade center, 1,634 have had remains identified, according to NBC New York.
But some of the 9/11 victim's families are not happy that the city is just now poring over the debris.
"Quite frankly, they should've excavated this and searched it 12 years ago," Diane Horning told The Associated Press. Horning's son Matthew died in the 9/11 attacks. "Instead, they built service roads and construction roads and were more worried about the building and the tourism than they were about the human remains."
Peter Gadiel's 23-year-old son James also died on Sept. 11 when two hijacked jets hit the Twin Towers. Gadiel said he feels the new search for human remains is politically motivated.
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"This failure to sift through all of the remains is just part and parcel of what we’ve been put through by people like Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg and others," Gadiel told Newsmax TV’s "The Steve Malzberg Show"
on Monday. "People who tried to turn the 9/11 memorial into some kind of political statement about all of the wrongs and misdeeds involved in humanity in the past thousand years instead of being dedicated to the victims of 9/11. It’s just one additional thing."
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