- Title: ITALY: THOUSANDS CONTINUE TO FILE PAST COFFINS OF 19 ITALIANS KILLED IN IRAQ
- Date: 18th November 2003
- Summary: (EU) ROME, ITALY (NOVEMBER 17, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. SLV QUEUES OF PEOPLE WAITING TO ENTER TOMB OF UNKNOWN SOLDIER; MV FLORAL TRIBUTES ON STEPS; MV PEOPLE QUEUEING TO ENTER (7 SHOTS) 0.36 2. MV /SCU MILITARY PERSONNEL WALKING UP STEPS TO ENTER 0.47 3. MV PEOPLE WALKING PAST COFFINS DRAPED WITH ITALIAN FLAGS; SCU PICTURES ON COFFINS DEPICTING DEAD; MV PEOPLE MAKING SIGN OF CROSS AS THEY PASS COFFINS (3 SHOTS) 1.08 4. MV FAMILY MEMBERS SEATED NEXT TO COFFINS; MV PEOPLE FILING PAST COFFINS (7 SHOTS) 1.45 5. SLV PREPARATIONS AT CHURCH WHERE FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE (7 SHOTS) 2.15 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 3rd December 2003 12:00
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVADBVC4EUHNSCZCLMF67MTKATCI
- Story Text: Thousands of people continue to file past to the
coffins of the 19 Italians killed in Iraq last week.
Tens of thousands of people filed by a grim row of
coffins on Monday (November 17) to pay tribute to 19
Italians killed last week in Iraq in the country's worst
military slaughter since World War Two.
The crowds outside the massive, white marble monument,
which also holds the tomb of the unknown soldier and
Italy's eternal flame, began forming before dawn hours
before the hall was opened to the public.
Family members held a solemn vigil next to their loved
ones as Italians moved silently past, some making the sign
of the cross and others blowing kisses to the coffins
draped in the Italian flag.
Inside the 100-metre (330 ft) long hall, priests in
black and volunteer nurses in white dispensed medical and
spiritual comfort to the families.
The coffins will lie in state until Tuesday (November
18) morning when the dead will be accorded a national
funeral expected to draw as many as a million people.
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